Cancer Treatment: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

Anne E. Wilt (Editor)

Series: Cancer Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatments
BISAC: MED062000

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Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. But it can also harm healthy cells that divide quickly, such as those that line your mouth and intestines or cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects. Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over.

This book focuses on how patients undergoing chemotherapy can manage their side effects, which symptoms to watch out for, and how to communicate effectively with their health care team. Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. At low doses, radiation is used as an x-ray to see inside your body and take pictures, such as x-rays of your teeth or broken bones. Radiation used in cancer treatment works in much the same way, except that it is given at higher doses. This book provides facts about radiation therapy and side effects and describes how patients can care for themselves during and after treatment. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Preface

Chapter 1. Chemotherapy and You: Support for People with Cancer
National Cancer Institute

Chapter 2. Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People with Cancer
National Cancer Institute

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