Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Chemotherapy?
While many people believe that chemotherapy is synonymous with cancer treatment, the procedure isn’t for everyone. There are several factors that may make chemotherapy more detrimental than helpful for certain patients.
Chemotherapy involves the injection of powerful drugs, often into a patient’s bloodstream, to stop the growth of rapidly dividing cancer cells. Chemotherapy is prescribed to treat a variety of cancers, including mesothelioma. However, not every mesothelioma patient will undergo chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy may not be suitable for patients who are older or have a compromised immune system. This is because chemotherapy is a harsh treatment that can weaken a person’s body, including their immune system. This makes the patient more susceptible to other diseases that their body may have been able to fight off before.
Additionally, chemotherapy may not be useful for patients who have an advanced stage of mesothelioma. And, sadly, many cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until an advanced stage due to the disease’s long latency period. Some doctors may recommend these patients instead focus on improving their quality of life, rather than going through a long, difficult treatment process that may not be effective.
Like any cancer treatment, chemotherapy has significant side effects. These side effects vary from patient to patient, but often include some of the following:
- Hair loss
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appetite changes
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