Session: Side Effect Management

Side Effect Management


Chemotherapy, a cancer treatment that works by eliminating cells that divide at a faster rate than usual, requires careful side effect management. Normal cells may be killed during chemotherapy because chemotherapy drugs cannot discriminate between malignant and healthy cells. Patients may have adverse effects such as nausea and hair loss while waiting for healthy cells to regenerate. Disease treatments and cancer itself might have unintended consequences. When a treatment has an adverse effect on healthy tissues or organs, it is referred to be a side effect.
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that employs high-energy beams to kill cancer cells. X-rays are most commonly utilized in radiation therapy, however protons or other forms of energy can also be used. Radiation therapy causes cell damage by damaging the genetic information that regulates cell growth and division. While radiation therapy damages both healthy and cancerous cells, the goal of radiation therapy is to harm as few normal, healthy cells as possible. Radiation-damaged cells can often be repaired by normal cells in your body.