Side Effects Of Breast Cancer Treatment?
Good evening, I want to ask, my mother is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer and she says for further treatment, my mother will no longer use chemotherapy but is replaced with drugs for 1 month, are there any side effects from these drugs? Is it the same effect as chemotherapy treatment?
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Breast cancer is a disease, in which there is an overgrowth of breast cells, which is malignant. Cancer cells can spread to other organs through the bloodstream, lymph flow and direct invasion. Can happen to men or women. This disease is related to genetic factors. In someone who has a family history, the risk of developing this disease will increase compared to those who do not. The risk will increase if you have the habit of eating fast food, foods with high fat content and hormonal drugs. In addition, the risk is increased in persons working in radiology and in women who are not breastfeeding.
Complaints can be asymptomatic to severe, depending on the severity of the disease. At the beginning of the disease, there will be a small lump which in a short time becomes large and painful, accompanied by the left and right breasts that look not the same size. Breast skin may turn red. The nipple may discharge like milk or blood. Breast cancer is also suspected in the nipple that is contracted and retracted. Definite diagnosis based on laboratory tests by taking diseased tissue samples.
Patients who are diagnosed will undergo therapy according to the stage of the disease. These therapies include:
2. Radiation or irradiation
3. Chemotherapy, the drug can be taken orally or injected into a vein.
4. Hormonal therapy
The therapy of choice can be single or a combination. The duration of therapy given is in accordance with the general condition and condition of the disease. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy will generally affect the general condition of the patient, the patient will complain of nausea to vomiting, decreased appetite for dry skin, hair loss and decreased blood cell counts.
In addition to therapy to destroy cancer cells, therapy is also needed for comorbid complaints, such as anti-nausea, fever reduction and pain relief. In addition, anti-estrogen hormone therapy is also needed to prevent the growth and development of cancer cells.
In addition to medical therapy provided by doctors, patients themselves can consume foods that contain high antioxidants such as kiwi, lemon, dragon fruit, and others. Eating foods high in antioxidants can inhibit disease progression naturally. Don't forget to encourage your mother to undergo treatment. Routine control to see improvement in conditions.
I suggest that you should return to visit the doctor who treats your mother to get information about what types of drugs are given, the benefits and side effects that can arise and the handling of these side effects, given the many possible drugs in question.
Hope this information is useful.