Chemotherapy for malignant solid tumours and malignant blood diseases
Chemotherapy has been the accepted therapeutic paradigm for the treatment of advanced cancers. This mode of treatment involves the use of systemic chemotherapy drugs which target specific areas where cancer cells grow.
Why choose Manipal
The oncology team at Manipal Hospital is one of the best in their calibre. They believe in team approach to the perfect treatment plan with the total focus on the patient. The entire team of medical, radiation and surgical oncologist collaborate to develop the best suited mode of treatment for each patient since each cancer case is different.
What are the solutions for chemotherapy
Chemotherapy can be administered in various ways such as oral in the form of pills or liquids, intravenous (IV) where the drug goes directly into a vein, injection, intrathecal, where the chemotherapy is injected into the space between the layers of tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord, intraperitoneal (IP) where chemotherapy goes directly into the peritoneal cavity, which is the area in your body that contains organs such as your intestines, stomach, and liver, Intra-arterial (IA)where it is injected directly into the artery that leads to the cancer, and Topical where the chemotherapy comes in a cream that you rub onto your skin.
Complexities in chemotherapy
The most common side effect is fatigue, which is feeling exhausted and worn out. While chemotherapy kills fast-growing cancer cells, it can kill or slow down the growth of healthy cells such as those that line your mouth and intestines and those that cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause the formation of mouth sores, nausea, and hair loss. Side effects can go away after you have finished chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is a routine procedure at Manipal Hospitals and we have accomplished a milestone of over 5 lakh chemotherapy patients.
Success of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is highly successful especially when used with other treatments can make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy, destroy cancer cells that may remain after treatment with surgery or radiation therapy, help other treatments work better, and kill cancer cells that have returned or spread to other parts of your body.
Infection control protocol
Cancer cases are treated under utmost care and strict infection control protocol because of the delicate nature of the condition. Patients are made comfortable and relaxed before undergoing chemotherapy.