Is chemotherapy an effective treatment for all cancers?

Yes. Most of cancer respond to chemotherapy ,but there is possibility of recurrence off treatment.
Not necessarily. While chemotherapy is the only medical treatment we have for cancer, it is not always effective. However effectiveness depends on the goal of the treatment. It may lead to an increase in survival, or a reduction in symptoms. In many instances we know we cannot cure an advanced cancer. However, a good discussion with your doctor about what you and they expect from treatment is critical.
Not all cancers. Some cancers r not chemosenstive Needs radiation or surgery .

Related Questions

My doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer. Could that treatment be effective?

Surgery 1st then Rx. After surgical removal the next choice is chemotherapy or radiation. Your physician may have a newly available biological. You need to know the data on it effectiveness and and side effects compared to standard chemotherapy after surgical removal. Read more...

What cancers don't use chemotherapy for treatment?

Almost none. Due to remarkable progress almost all of the cancers need chemotherapy (or hormonal therapy ) at some stage of the cancer.Even for basal cell carcinoma , surface application done as ointments cases detected early non spreading cases who had curable resections may not need chemotherapy. Read more...
Chronic My. leukemia. We have oral drugs call ED tyrosine kinase inhibitors (tki) for treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia(cml ). Read more...

Can chemotherapy control the cancer? What is the goal of each treatment?

Ask your doctor! That is a great question and a really important one to ask your doctor! the goals of chemo are different for each patient and each cancer type. Sometimes the goal is to completely cure the cancer; sometimes it is to prolong life but not cure the cancer. Sometimes the goal is to relieve symptoms. It might be a hard question to ask, but you should know your doctor's goals for you! Read more...
Shrink it too. In addition to what dr. Webster has listed, sometimes chemo is used to shrink the tumor so that it can be surgically removed. It i'd a great question to discuss with your cancer doctor. Read more...
Tough question. Chemo is certainly help a lot of colon cancer, with all 5 chemo we have now, people can live upto 36 months, without them, only 6 months to 12 months. However, we do not cure most advanced colon, and in my own lab and others research too, chemo created a lot of cancer stem cells, shocking fact, so we are trying to understand this better and figure out how to reverse this process. Read more...
Chemotherapy. Yes, chemo is used to control cancer. Generally speaking- the goal can be divided into 2 : curative intent ( given after definitive treatment-like surgery or before surgery with the aim to shrink the tumor so surgery can be carried out ) or - to relieve symptoms. The goal will depend on the stage of cancer, how good your condition is overall , other diseases etc. Please discuss with your oncologis. Read more...

Do doctors always turn to chemotherapy for cancer treatment?

Definitely Not! Chemotherapy is among various different tools available to oncologist to treat cancers. Other tools include but not limited to are: surgery, radiation, biological treatments, targeted small molecules, close observation and palliative care/symptom management. Having said that chemotherapy has a significant role in many tumor types and is curative in some types and stages. Read more...

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes. While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. Read more...

Could you take chemotherapy and radiation at the same time for cancer treatment?

Yep. Some patients with throat, lung, rectal and other cancers get concurrent chemo and radiation. The benefit of the combo in certain specific settings is more than that of the treatments given separately but the toxicity can be worse too so it's not for everybody and not for all situations. . Read more...

Oncology: is there a commonly used cancer chemotherapy medication/treatment that usually does not result in one loosing their hair?

Sure. While some chemo drugs (like adriamycin (doxorubicin) or cisplatin) will almost always cause hair loss, some do not (especially the newer targeted therapies). The thing is, hard as losing hair may be, i'm not sure it should be the deciding factor in choosing the chemo to use. There are well established and effective protocols for common cancers and if hair loss is a side effect, well so be it. Read more...
Yes , but. Regular chemotherapy drugs that directly kill cancer cells , also act on sensitive hair follicles in most of the people, causing temporary loss of hair , how ever hormones and hormone blocking agents will not result in hair loss . Read more...
Depends. It depends on what the underlying cancer is. There are drugs which do not cause hair loss or alopecia. Read more...