Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the world, making up approximately 25 percent of all cancer deaths. However, it can be treated in several ways if timely detected and treated with treatment therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments.
About the Treatment
1. What is the procedure?
The therapy for lung cancer varies differently, depending on the type of lung cancer that you have been diagnosed with; either non-small cell lung cancer or small cell lung cancer.
Notably, based on the stage of your lung cancer, different types of doctors would treat you; such as a medical oncologist (treat cancer with immunotherapy or chemotherapy), a radiation oncologist, (treat cancer with radiation therapy), a thoracic surgeon (treat cancer with surgery) or a pulmonologist (treat with medications).
The choice of treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is largely dependent on the stage of cancer, the lung fu...
Recovery Data Recovery time is very hard for patients with lung cancer especially since patients complain of suffering from fatigue after receiving chemotherapy. It usually takes 2 months of recovery time for every one month of chemotherapy given.
Treatment Procedure and Success Rate Chemotherapy is generally and widely given to patients with lung cancer. Research has shown that the survival rate at 1 year in patients given chemotherapy vs. supportive care arm was 29% vs. 20% while the 2-year survival rate was almost doubled in the patients who received chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy involves many drugs that are given intravenously to kill the cancer cells growing in your body. Here is a quick checklist before you undergo chemotherapy;
Need to take blood tests to check the normal functioning of your kidney, liver, and heart. In case of any issue with these organs, your doctor will adjust the doses that are safer for you. You also need to explain your medical history to your doctor.
A visit to your dentist: this is needed to rule out any infections and complications post-chemotherapy.
There are no such risks and complications involved during chemotherapy. However, chemotherapy does have a few side effects that can be a cause of worry. Here are a few of them you should be aware of;
Easy bleeding and bruising
Vomiting and nausea
Loss of weight
Loss of appetite
Sores or pain while swallowing
Chemotherapy ranges in duration and frequency and depends on the doctor's recommended specific treatment plan. Some last as long as three or four hours, while others only take half an hour to complete. During your first appointment, your doctor will have an estimation of the time involved.
During chemotherapy, some individuals find they can lead an almost normal life. Others though find daily life harder. During and shortly after each treatment, you can feel unwell but recover rapidly between treatments. When you start to feel better, you will be able to get back to your normal activities.
If you are travelling from a distant country to India, then you will have to keep the essential papers, such as your passport and medical prescriptions. Moreover, if you have a recommendation letter, then you will have to take it as well. Aside from this, you will require your address and financial proofs too. Last yet not least, keeping some of your current photographs can also prove to be handy for you.
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