Depending on the types and stage of blood cancer, a trusted oncologist would advise the patient varied treatment options but all of them aim to permanently cure the cancer or cause disease remission.
Blood Cancer Treatment Options
It helps target the cancer cells directly or indirectly stimulate the immune system to act against cancer cells.
Chemotherapy involves administering drugs that specifically treat cancer, and might involve single drug or many drugs in combination, depending on the stage of blood cancer. It facilitates remission and well as delays progression of blood cancer. Chemotherapy is non-selective and might kill both healthy and cancer cells, which eventually causes side effects like nausea, tiredness and hair loss. Chemotherapy also acts as a prelude to bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
Radiation therapy delivers high-energy X-rays to targeted areas to kill cancer cells. Crucial to the success of radiation therapy is targeting the right amount of radiation at the right area of the body.
Stem Cell Transplant
Also referred to as bone marrow transplant, it helps in replacing unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy cells. It is usually advised, when all the preliminary treatment options are no longer suitable for treating the patient with blood cancer. It involves administering very large doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill stem cells in the bone marrow. Healthy cells from the donor then replace these.
Alternative Treatment Options
This procedure involves use of fine, sterile needles which are applied to specific areas of the body. Acupuncture helps the patients to address the side effects of the cancer therapies. It helps in managing pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, neuropathy, anxiety ,depression, and sleeping problems.
The benefits extended are similar to acupuncture. These are by a qualified and certified massage therapist, specialized in handling patients with cancer.
It helps in potential detox getting rid of the toxin buildup during cancer therapy. Yoga poses also stimulate blood and lymphatic flow and may boost the overall immunity of the body.
Along with the routine therapy that has been recommended for the patient, few complementary treatment options might help in improving quality of life. These include:
- Antibiotics to reduce chances of infection
- Drugs to manage nausea, vomiting & pain
- Blood transfusion to reduce blood cell counts
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