Staying on Track with Chemotherapy

Staying on Track with Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy which is predominantly given in chemotherapy regimen (combination of two or three chemotherapy medicines). It is given in cycles having one treatment period and one recovery period. It gives best results when it is taken in prescribed number of cycles and amount of medicine with no delays and on time. A usual chemotherapy regimen is of 3 to 6 months. As the duration of the chemotherapy medication may extend up to 6 months with a close punctuality to on time administering, treatment schedule becomes a little difficult to adhere to with the demands of the family and the job. Reporting on time for the session may be difficult and may make the patient miss or postpone and delay the appointment. Even the side effects like fatigue, tiredness, nausea may make the patient skip the appointments or even lead to interruption in the treatment with reduced inclination. Also sometimes the wrong amount of medicines may be taken id the chemotherapy regimen is of two to three medicine combinations and is being taken orally at home.

To be able to stick to the treatment plan, it should be laid out in a manner to suit the existing routine of the patient, so that no chemotherapy session is missed or postponed due to any personal or professional reason. Also the chemotherapy sessions should be scheduled ahead of the weekly off, this would give the patient recovery time and time to manage side effects. The patient should not be deterred by the side effects which are outweighed by the benefits and the doctor should be immediately consulted in case of severe side effects to help the patient ease the discomfort. Also keeping a note of medicines to be taken or an alarm programmed the phone can be quite helpful.

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