Modern anticancer drugs have helped to mount a major attack against cancer. Many
cancers like blood cancer (leukemias), lymphomas and other childhood cancers which
were uniformly fatal twenty-five years ago can now be completely cured or effectively
contained by these drugs.
A combined treatment using anticancer drugs along with surgery and/or radiotherapy
achieves a greater therapeutic effect. The expert team of medical oncologists at
the Kiran Hospital
Chemotherapy (also called chemo) 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 the mouth and intestines or cause hair to grow.
Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects.
Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over. This can be
given before surgery or radiotherapy called neoadjuvant therapy or after called
adjuvant chemotherapy. Chemotherapy may be used to destroy cancer cells that have
come back (recurrent cancer) or spread to other parts of the body (metastatic cancer).
Earlier there used to be less number of chemotherapy drugs but today we have several
options of giving 1st, 2nd and 3rd line drugs. Low dose metronomic chemotherapy
is also showing some promising results and could be used to treat the cancer as
a chronic disease.