Side Effects and Management of Drugs in Cancer Treatment

Side Effects and Management of Drugs in Cancer Treatment
30 Mar 2023

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    Medicines used in cancer treatment are used to destroy tumor cells or to control their growth. However, these medicines can cause various side effects in the body. Some common side effects include nausea, hair loss, dry mouth, loss of appetite, tiredness and weakness, skin changes, risk of bleeding or bruising, increased risk of infections, and irritability or depression.

    Management of side effects involves patients taking their medication regularly, making diet and nutrition changes, increasing water consumption, exercising and taking part in activities to reduce stress. The doctor and healthcare team can help patients use medication to alleviate side effects. Alternative therapies can also be used to alleviate side effects.

    Regular Use of Medicines

    Regular use of medicines is extremely important in cancer treatment. Cancer medicines are used to kill cancer cells or stop their growth. However, these medicines can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Therefore, the correct use of medicines is vital for the success of cancer treatment.

    Regular use of the medicines increases the effectiveness of the treatment. Taking the medicines exactly ensures that they reach the concentrations needed to stop the growth or kill cancer cells. In addition, regular use of the medicines reduces the resistance of cancer cells and increases the effectiveness of the medicines.

    Regular use of medicines also controls side effects. Cancer medicines can cause some side effects, but regular use can help to control these side effects. Some medicines may be prescribed or other treatments may be used to relieve side effects.

    Taking the medicines exactly increases the effectiveness of the treatment and controls side effects. Regular use of the medicines ensures that they reach the concentrations needed to stop the growth or kill cancer cells and increases the success of the treatment.

    Things to Consider

    Cancer medicines are designed to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. The use of these medicines plays an important role in the treatment of cancer, but they can also have side effects. For this reason, some important points to be considered when using cancer medicines are explained in the following headings.

    Use the medicines correctly

    Use cancer medicines according to your doctor's instructions. Read and follow the instructions carefully, such as dosage, frequency and method of use.

    Beware of side effects

    Cancer medicines often cause side effects. These side effects include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, hair loss, dry skin, itching, diarrhea, constipation, bleeding, anaemia, risk of infection, etc. Talk to your doctor about side effects and get tips to help identify possible effects.

    Interactions with other medicines and supplements

    Cancer medicines can interact with some medicines and supplements, which can cause serious consequences. Therefore, consult your doctor before using any medicines or supplements while taking cancer medicines.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Cancer medicines can be harmful during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor and consider alternative treatment methods.

    Take preventive measures

    Cancer medicines can weaken your body's immune system. Therefore, wash your hands regularly, avoid crowded places as much as possible and get your vaccinations to protect yourself from infections.

    Store cancer medicines correctly

    Store cancer medicines out of the reach of children, away from light and moisture, at a temperature recommended by your doctor.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the use of cancer medicines, talk to your doctor.

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