We also know that the patient going through chemotherapy loses hair. Is that all about chemotherapy? Let us check out whether you know these ‘not so often’ discussed things about Chemotherapy.
Warning: This is just general information regarding Chemotherapy. Your oncologist may not really know what he/she is doing and does not always do the right thing for you. If you decide to use chemotherapy, Ask many questions. Also, every patient will respond differently to the treatment, hence do not compare your symptoms with the ones mentioned here.
Chemotherapy can be effective in ‘controlling’ some unusual cancers (not all) cases. Please make sure you use natural treatments to prevent your immune system from crashing. Infact that is the smart thing to do IF you use chemo. Protect your body as un-targeted chemo damages all body cells, cancer and good cells alike.
In Layman’s language we can say chemotherapy is giving a person the right amount of poison that doesn’t cause his/her body to completely shut down, but may successfully eliminate or reduce cancer in the body. Too much chemo WILL cause a complete shut down of your immune system, kill your organs and then kill you.
Chemotherapy is not a standard treatment but a combination of strategies oncologists consider, keeping in mind the type and stage of cancer, genetic disposal, general health, age, weight and other personal data of each patient. It is customized keeping in mind the unique needs of each patient. Hence, your oncologist plays a great role in making your chemotherapy successful or not. Don’t ever believe the one size fits all approach.
Though it is common to assume that everyone loses hair or suffers from nausea (two most common side-effects) during chemotherapy, this does not apply to everyone. Each patient undergoing the treatment of chemotherapy will have a customized treatment regimen and will respond and react differently. Especially if they eat a cancer diet, take natural supplements to build their immune system and protect their liver, kidney, heart and other organs.
Chemo is poison. If you take it be prepared to defend your body against its effects. Chemo patients don’t look sick and deathlike because of cancer. They look like that because of the chemo. Imagine what you look like inside, because it works on you from the inside out. Don’t be fooled.
Do you remember what you looked like before you began chemo? Well, you had cancer for years before you found out. How did you look then? I’m sure it nothing like you do now that you are taking chemo. Get the point? I hope you do.
Chemotherapy works in three ways. One type is chemotherapy will directly destroy the rogue cell’s DNA, whereas the other will act on the receptors of the cell surface, preventing the rogue secondary messages from getting through. The other unmentioned way chemo works is in destroying your good cells, your good white blood cells, your body’s defense system. That leaves you vulnerable so you can get any number of infections. Plus it takes your appetite so you don’t feel like eating which is necessary for you to live.
Chemotherapy not just attacks cancer cells but every other cell showing growth in the body of the patient. Hence, other rapidly dividing cells, such as those in the nails, blood, stomach lining and hair, also suffer during the treatment. This is the reason for the hair loss. This is the reason why your nails might look infected, that is why you may have all kinds of sores break out on your body, in your mouth and your private parts.
The blood counts fall drastically during chemotherapy. With lesser red blood cells (RBC), the supply of oxygen to body is cut down, whereas falling counts of white blood cells (WBC) will weaken the immune system. Thus, the natural defense of the body against cancer and other diseases is weakened during chemotherapy. This is not a good thing. This can cause your death. Actually some people die because of this, not from the cancer.
Some patients lose weight during chemotherapy. It could be related to nausea induced by the treatment, and also due to cell loss. When the weight loss is high, it is termed cachexia and can be the cause of death as well. That is why chemo patients should supplement their bodies with natural foods and supplements to protect your body while you take chemo. If you have no appetite you won’t eat.
Your cancer diet is a very integral part of your cancer therapy. Without good nutrition, appropriate for a cancer patient, you will not make it, or you will remain unhealthy for a long time. Eating right can make a world of difference in whether you survive or not. Heres more on cachexia.
The patient has a choice in making decision whether she/he wants to go through chemotherapy or not. Often, treatment decisions are made by collaboration between the oncologists, patient and concerned family members. More times than not if you look back to the moment of decision, you will see that this was decided for you by someone else.
Chances are your doctor made a hasty decision and you just went along with it. Did you really research your options? Did you know that there were Alternative Treatments that could work better than chemotherapy? Chances are you did not because your doctor is the last person who would even mention that. Now you know that you do.
Though nausea and hair loss is quite visible, the fatigue which is the most common side-effect suffered by the person going through chemotherapy is not. Some of the survivors have a tough time proving they are not getting lazy with onset of cancer, but it is the fatigue that is holding them back. You will always have fatigue when you take chemotherapy.
You cannot escape that as the chemo kills your immune system, ravages your live and robs you of your energy sources…because due to lack of appetite, you don’t eat enough to energize your body. Your now sick liver cannot remove toxins efficiently so you will have toxic blood going to your brain and you most likely will end up with ‘Chemobrain.”
Chemotherapy is administered to a patient keeping different goals in mind, depending on the size, type and stage of cancer. In some cases it is meant to destroy cancer cells, in others it will stop cancer cells from spreading and in few patients it will slow the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy does not cure cancer.
Cancer is a metabolic disease. You can only cure a metabolic disease with Natural Medicines. If you are looking for a cure and not just want to hibernate the cancer until a later date, you should consider combining your chemotherapy with a natural, complimentary treatment. This way, they get their money and you get to keep your life.
Some drugs used in chemotherapy are carcinogens themselves. The liver and immune system of the patient has to work overtime to eliminate these poisons from the system, thus becoming weak and vulnerable during the process. That’s why patients on chemotherapy should always have a back up therapy to build your immune system, detox your liver, colon and kidney so you remain as healthy as possible. If you don’t, you will end up with some major problems or even getting cancer at a different location. Losing your hair is mild compared to what can happen to you.
Lower oxygen level in blood is directly linked to depression; hence it is inevitable that a person going through chemotherapy may go through depression after a couple of weeks. With cancer and depression, life can be really tough for the survivors. A BIG Part of your treatment is your mindset. A positive mindset with a good outlook can do wonders for a cancer patient. Depression can rob you of that positive flow. Don’t bottle up your feelings, try to talk to someone who is a good listener. Do not hesitate to show your support whenever possible.