Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy is one of the most common ways that doctors will treat breast cancer. This treatment is systemic therapy that will affect the entire body as it travels along throughout the bloodstream. Chemotherapy is used to destroy cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body.

This treatment is very effective in destroying the cancer cells because the drugs that are used will stop the cells from dividing and spreading any further through the body. There are many side effects of chemotherapy. These side effects are caused because the other cells in the mouth, blood, nose, nails, hair, and intestinal tract are also being put through rapid changes caused by the chemo.

But because technology is advancing and improving all the time it is much easier for people to use. Many women choose this form of treatment because it is one of the best at making sure that the cancer does not come back.

During chemotherapy doctors will use a combination of drugs to treat the cancer. They may also use surgery and radiation therapy in order to destroy cells in an isolated part of the body. Your doctor might decide to use over 100 different drugs. When there is a combination of them they have a better chance of striking the cancer cells hard and fast before they become resistant to it.

Your personal physician will be able to answer any questions that you have about chemotherapy and how much of it you will need. This will depend on the size of your tumor and how much of the cancer has spread. They will also make sure that the side effects are minimal.