This video will inform a person why chemotherapy is used to treat cancer and why it is important to schedule therapy over series of courses.
This cancer treatment, commonly called "chemo," uses powerful drugs to target the cancer cells in your body. These drugs kill your cancer cells, or slow their growth and keep them from spreading. Chemotherapy can be used on its own. It can also be combined with other cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy.
The powerful drugs used in chemotherapy don't just affect cancer cells. They can also affect healthy cells throughout your body. For some patients, this results in serious side effects. By knowing how chemo drugs can affect your body, you can better prepare for your treatment and recovery.
Cancer treatments like traditional chemotherapy and radiation therapy are designed to kill cancer cells. But they also harm healthy cells. This can cause serious side effects. Targeted therapy is a different type of treatment. It targets only the cancer cells in your body. This minimizes the damage to healthy cells.
This video will inform a patient why taking their medication as directed is crucial for good treatment outcomes and quality of life.
This video will inform a patient how immunotherapy uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer.
Your immune system helps detect and destroy invading germs. But because cancer cells are made from your own tissue, your immune system may not always see these cells as something that should be attacked. The goal of biological therapy, also called "immunotherapy," is to help your immune system recognize and fight cancer cells. There are several types of biological therapies. Let's look at the three main types.
Biological therapy patients are treated with substances commonly thought of as "natural." Your treatment may use proteins or other materials naturally produced by the human body. These are usually easier on your body than strong chemotherapy drugs. But biological therapy, also called "immunotherapy," does have side effects.
This video will inform a patient what radiation therapy is and how it is generally used to kill cancer cells.
This cancer treatment targets cancer cells with high-frequency energy. The energy destroys the DNA of the cancer cells. It kills cancer cells, and can shrink tumors. Radiation therapy can be combined with other treatment options such as chemotherapy or surgery as part of a complete treatment plan.
This nonsurgical procedure uses beams of radiation to treat tumors or lesions deep inside the brain. The treatment may take several hours. Children may be given general anesthesia to keep them from moving during the procedure, but adults are usually kept awake.
Managing Side Effects
This video will give a patient some ways to prevent, lessen and cope with the common side effect of nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment.
This video will give the patient an idea of what Neutropenia is, and learn some ways to protect him/herself from infection.
This video will provide a person with some ways to prevent and lessen fatigue, which is a common side effect during cancer treatment.
Fatigue is a common problem for people who have cancer. It's a feeling of deep exhaustion that affects your body and your mind. It's draining, and even sleep doesn't fully refresh you. But there are things you can do. Try these simple strategies to fight fatigue.
This video will teach a patient ways to prevent, lessen, and cope with diarrhea, which is a common side effect of cancer treatment.
This video will give a patient an overview of some of the ways to lessen and cope with pain that is a common side effect of cancer treatment.
This video will give a patient some ways to prevent, lessen and cope with hair loss which is a common side effect of cancer treatment.
Bone marrow is a soft, spongy tissue found inside the large bones in your body. It's where new blood cells are made. Bone marrow can be damaged by disease. It can be destroyed by chemotherapy or by radiation therapy. A bone marrow transplant uses healthy stem cells to rebuild your damaged bone marrow.
Bone marrow is a soft, spongy tissue found inside the large bones in your body. It's where new blood cells are made. Bone marrow can be damaged by disease. It can be destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. A stem cell transplant uses healthy stem cells to rebuild your damaged bone marrow.