Is Chemotherapy A Blessing or Curse To Women With Cancer?

One basic question that is widely ask about chemotherapy is, if chemotherapy is a blessing or curse to women with cancer? To answer this question i will really say the basic reason for the use of chemotherapy is to treat cancer through the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. But in this article we shall be taking a critical study to know if chemotherapy really is a drug or curse to women with cancer.

What Really Is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy refers to the various drugs that prevent cancer cells from dividing and growing. It does this by killing the replicated cells. A wide range of drugs are used to achieve these purpose.The effectiveness of this process depends to some extent on the stage of the cancer being treated. Adverse effects can be severe, and patients may need to discuss with their physician what to expect. But it is fortunate the benefits of chemotherapy usually outweigh the risk of adverse effects.

When cancer occurs, cells replicate massively without control, this is because the natural process of the body allows cells to be constantly replaced through cell division. With this more cells are produced and are accumulated occupying the space previously occupied by useful cells. Using chemotherapy drugs this interferes with the rate of cancer cell reproduction leading to its cell reduction. These drugs can be administered directly into the bloodstream, to attack all the cancer cells within the body system or they can be administered to specific cancer sites.

How Does Chemotherapy Function?

The function of chemotherapy in the body greatly depends on the kind of cancer that is been treated. In most cases the treatment can destroy all the cancer cells in the body which means no cancer cell can be detected in the body. After this sometimes the cancer cells don’t grow back again but most times this doesn’t happen.

Chemotherapy can also be able to control the reproduction of cancer cells and its spread to the other part of the body or probably slow the growth of cancer tumors. In some severe cases, chemotherapy cannot control the spread of cancer or cure it but it can simply shrink cancer tumors that cause pain or pressure, most times with time these tumors often continue to grow back.

Chemotherapy drug can also prevent cell division as in the use of cytotoxic drugs, it can target the cancer cells’ source of food which makes up the enzymes and hormones they need to grow and replicate. Most times  it can also trigger the killing of cancer cells (apoptosis).

Is Chemotherapy A Blessing Or Curse?

Chemotherapy has been greatly used to treat cancer for a long time now which is really a blessing to mankind. According to the Mayo Clinic, although the rate of lung cancer diagnoses in men has decreased by 32% since 1975, it has risen 94% percent in women and now has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in US women. Although lung cancer is more common in older adults, women are diagnosed at a younger age compared with men.

Now here is what we look at as the curse of using chemotherapy; the recent findings made by The Mayo Clinic Epidemiology and Genetics of Lung Cancer Research Program surveyed women between 1999 and 2016 at diagnosis and annually thereafter about their menstrual status. The results suggest that chemotherapy for patients with lung cancer increases the risk of the early loss of menses in survivors. With this more  research is needed, premenopausal women who need chemotherapy for lung cancer appear to have a similar risk of amenorrhea (absence of menstrual period) , early menopause, and loss of fertility as premenopausal women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer and lymphoma.

According to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of NAMS.

“I agree that premenopausal patients with lung cancer need to be educated about the risk for chemotherapy-related amenorrhea, menopause issues (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone loss), and the potential loss of fertility before chemotherapy is initiated.”

With this to a greater extent I believe chemotherapy is a blessing at most after the treatment you stay alive. Unless possibly you choose to die of cancer because you really know that if the treatment works you may not be able to reproduce again. So tell which is the best scenario “Dead or Alive”.


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