Treating Breast Cancer: What Chemotherapy Does to Your Body

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer have several treatment options, depending on the type and severity of the disease. These are divided into two main groups. Local treatments are designed to treat the breast cancer while not harming any other part of the body and include surgery and radiation therapy.  Systemic treatments aim to reach cancer cells in any part of the body and include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and bone-directed therapy. If you want to know more about the importance of early breast cancer detection, click here. Chemotherapy is a common choice of treatment for cancer patients, but what is it? In this video shared by DNews , you can understand more about this treatment option. “Chemotherapy can be the most debilitating [compared to radiation therapy and surgery]. Technically, chemotherapy is a poison, but it is a poison that ultimately saves lives,” explains reporter Julia Wilder about the treatment which uses cancer-killing drugs either intravenously or orally to destroy cancer cells. Read more about chemotherapy for breast cancer, its risks and benefits. Breast Cancer News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
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