The goal of chemotherapy is to eradicate all cancer cells to their roots, to locations that are not reachable by scalpels and at least can control cancer cells so as not to spread more widely.
Two main goals of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is often done for two main reasons, namely controlling or eliminating tumors and to relieve cancer symptoms such as pain. This type of chemotherapy is called palliative chemotherapy.
Another goal of chemotherapy is to prevent the reappearance of cancer cells after surgery or radiation therapy to control tumors.
This type of chemotherapy is called adjuvant chemotherapy. The way chemotherapy works is by aiming and eliminating cancer cells that develop very quickly in the body.
Cancer treatment depends on the type or type of cancer suffered and where the cancer originates. Age, general health conditions of patients and treatment systems also affect the process of cancer treatment. In the case of cancer, the main treatment is through:
a. Surgery or surgery.
b. Chemotherapy or by giving drugs.
c. Radiotherapy or the use of radiation rays.
In fact, more than one type of treatment will usually be used. For example, surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy, even sometimes treatment must be done using these 3 combinations.
Basically the main purpose of surgery is to remove the cancer as a whole because the cancer can only be cured if it has not spread to other places.
While chemotherapy and radiation aim to kill cancer cells or stop the growth of cancer cells that are still left behind.
Chemotherapy is a treatment process using drugs that aim to kill or slow down the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs are usually given by infusion or orally.
The frequency and duration of chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer, stage, other health problems, types of chemotherapy drugs prescribed, and other treatment methods used.