Cancer is a disease that is spreading widely in the world killing millions of people yearly. The causes of cancer is unknown which is the reason it is usually detected in the later stages which makes it extremely difficult to treat. There are various types of Cancer found in the human body and if detected in the early stages, it is very much curable which is why it is always advised by doctors to go for a full body checkup after a certain age.
Amongst various types of treatments, chemotherapy is considered to be the most effective and widely used treatments for most of the cancer types. Cancer is caused due to the growing and rapid division of cancer cells in the human body and chemotherapy is a process where a chemical is injected into the body that destroys the growing cancer cells. Chemotherapy is done by the Oncologist either in hospitals or in a day care chemotherapy unit whichever suits the patient.
Usage of Chemotherapy
As discussed above, chemotherapy is given to a patient suffering from cancer to stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells in the body. Chemotherapy not only lowers down the total number of cancer cells in the body but also reduces the chances of cancer spreading to different parts of the body which proves to be vital in saving a patient’s life. Apart from this, chemotherapy reduces the current symptoms and also helps in reducing the tumor size. After surgeries in breast cancer or lumpectomy doctors suggest going for chemotherapy so that the remaining cancer cells are killed as well. Chemotherapy is also suggested in the later stage of cancer to relive the patient from pain.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is used to kill the cancer cells in the body or in other words, all the cells in the body that grow rapidly. When chemotherapy is given, apart from the cancer cells, blood, hair, skin and cells present in the lining of the intestine are also affected badly which causes many side effects in the body. The most common side effects are hair loss, vomiting, fever, nausea, dry mouth, weight loss and loss of appetite. Apart from these, mouth sores, memory problems, changes in skin and nails, sexual changes, insomnia etc are some of the less common symptoms and depends what type of cancer patient is suffering from. In chemotherapy day care centers in Kenya, Oncologists take a very good care of the patients who are given chemotherapy and help the patients to manage these side effects with medications, lifestyle changes and more.
Preparing For Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a treatment given mostly for the later stages of cancer which is a serious condition and involves a lot of side effects to the body temporarily and in the long term as well so it is very important to prepare yourself for the process well in advance. Your doctors and the staff will help you out in the best way possible to deal with the problems during and after the chemotherapy. Your body must be healthy enough to bear the chemotherapy process and there should not be any infection as chemotherapy reduces the body’s ability to heal. To detect this, a series of tests are done on your body and a systematic plan is made for the process.
How is Chemotherapy Performed
chemotherapy is performed in several ways depending on the type of cancer and its severity. Chemotherapy is typically given in the form of pills or directly injected to your body or through an IV. Apart from this, chemotherapy creams are applied on some cases of skin cancer. Also, in order to treat certain tumors, chemotherapy is directly given on the tumor based on its location. Chemotherapy is also given locally on the chest, abdomen, urinary bladder and the central nervous system.
Why Choose NephroMed for Chemotherapy?
- NephroMed – speciality healthcare provides patient friendly environment for Cancer chemotherapy.
- The facility is NHIF accredited and provides affordable treatment.
- Chemotherapy is done under the guidance of oncologist and experienced nurses in a safe and secure environment.
- At NephroMed chemotherapy centre – we ensure that the price of medication charges to patients are within their range. We only use quality medication duly approved by the pharmacy and Poisons Board for Kenya and gets our medications sourced from authorized companies. We ensure that we only dispense the medication prescribed by the physician and do not change brands or medicines. The doctors are duly consulted for all such prescriptions.