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How Does Chemotherapy Kill Cancer Cells
How does chemotherapy target exactly your colon cancer? Does it kill off a lot of normal colon cells too?
It doesnt: Chemo works by inhibiting/killing cells which grow faster than normal cells. There are side effects because normal cells divide as a normal function, so yes, normal cells are affected too. The trick is to give enough to kill the bad cells, and not so much that the side effects are intolerable. ...Read more
Is it true that if cancer wont kill u , chemotherapy will eventually. Is it that bad for the body? I believe in natural cures but fda wont approve it
No definitive answer: There is no one answer for this question, as it depends on the type of cancer being treated, underlying co-morbid conditions, other treatments that may have been tried already, etc. Sometimes chemo is used to help supplement the previous treatment and prevent the chance even more of recurrence, etc. Ask your Treating oncologist what statistics are available for your specific type, best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why to do chemotherapy if cancer cells can still be left behind for reccrrence after the treatment? Doesn;t chemo kill all the cells?
Cancer cells: That is the million dollar question! adjuvant chemo is suppose to eradicate or kill the micrometastasis increasing the curative potential. It can do that in majority of patients but not in every one. Cancer cells find ways of survival by hijacking the host immune system, by affecting the microenvironment, and by changing their phenotype into stem cell type, a phenomenon called emt they outsmart us. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why to do chemotherapy if all the cancer cells can't be targeted and always be afraid of reecurance?
They say that now drs are able to target cancer cells without harming healthy ones in chemotherapy.Is this being applied now or no?
Not true: Media twists the truthGet a more detailed answer ›
Typical time between responding to chemotherapy and reemergence of small cell lung cancer is how long?
Why does my husband have to have chemotherapy for nonsmall cell lung cancer in which he had two right lobes removed 2 months ago?
Adjunct ChemoRx: I'm glad your husbands tumor was operable. The decision about giving adjunct chemotherapy is based on how big the tumor is, what subtype (there are dozens just for lung), and how far it was found to have gotten at surgery. Some protocols give improved survival (time, overall) if some chemotherapy is given. He does not HAVE to take it but needs to be given the facts himself. Best wishes. ...Read more
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