B2007: Is Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy Worth It?

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In a nutshell, yes.

Although there are side effects to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the benefits of it far outweigh the damages done if you don’t undergo such treatments. While people have argued that both radiation and chemotherapy both kill healthy cells, the damages to tumour cells are far greater than healthy cells due to the nature of cancer cells.

Rapidly dividing cells like cancer cells for instance are far more likely to be affected by radiation than other parts of the body. Given than there is always a period of time in-between treatments where the body rests enough for the healthy tissues to regrow, the cancer cells in the surrounding area shrinks because it cannot regrow fast enough. This is also true for chemotherapy but affecting the whole body rather than just in a localized area.

But hey, in retrospect you could think of yourself as a lone soldier taking down all the bad guys with you.

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4 thoughts on “B2007: Is Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy Worth It?

  1. my aunt recently underwent chemo and radiation, so i somehow know the efefcts of such treatment, chemo these days are not as bad as it was 5 or 10 years ago, but the vomit and dizzy effect is still there, just not that bad, but the worst part would be the radio-therapy, first 20 treatment was kinda o, but have been warned that it will cause some sort of damage on the area of treatment.

    my aunt had nasal cancer, so the treatment area was around he throat, after the 20 treatment or so, she was unable to swallow food, whatever which goes down her throat seems to be very hard, food has got to be chosen and tested before eating, neutrallfood prefered, those with high acidity are the worst, she sufered ulcers and blisters on the inside of her throat, and at the end of the treatment, blisters and sores could be seen on her neck.

  2. Littlepolaris: No problem. Thanks. Good luck on your part as well. 🙂

    Earl-ku: I should have also mentioned that anti-emetic medication (to prevent nausea and vomiting) is given at the same time as chemotherapy to ease the vomiting. The blisters are the result of radiation toxicity which I didn’t touch much in this series. But they would have been used like you said because of the location of the tumour.

  3. Yea, not many people know about Emend (antiemetic) which my doctor gave me. I think it’s quite effective since I haven’t vomited yet ever since i started my chemotherapy.

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