What are the ways to treat my type and stage of cancer?
First of all, the TNM system is used to predict the stage of cancer formation. In this way, your doctor will be able to find many results about your cancer.
What are the benefits and risks of each of the treatments?
There are of course some risks to treatments. While these risks were much more common in the past, more harmless treatments can be offered with the latest technology. The greatest known risk is that the drugs and rays used in treatments also damage healthy cells. However, this risk has been greatly reduced with the latest technology.
How long does each treatment session take?
Treatment sessions usually last 1 or 1.30 hours. However, it is necessary for the patient to stay in the hospital for at least 2 hours in order to rest after the treatment. For this reason, the patient can return home in an average of 3 hours.
How many treatment sessions will I have?
Chemotherapy takes a maximum of 6 sessions on average. Radio therapy is 5. However, the number of sessions depends on your cancer type and stage. For this reason, it is not correct to give an exact figure. Sometimes patients need 2 sessions, sometimes they need 6 sessions.
When will I need to start treatment?
Cancer treatments can start as soon as the stage and type of cancer are determined. Getting treatment without losing time is very important for successful results.
Will I need to be in the hospital for treatment? If so, for how long?
Hospitalization is usually required for treatments. Staying in the hospital for 3 hours is enough time to rest after the treatment. The rest of the time, the patient can be at home.
What are my chances of recovery with this treatment?
Recovery depends on the stage of the cancer. The cure rate is very high in cancers diagnosed in the first stage. At the same time, the rate of recovery varies from patient to patient.
What are the possible side effects of treatment?
During the treatment, the patient’s hair follicles will weaken. For this reason, there will be hair, eyelash, beard and eyebrow loss. Nausea and pain may also occur.
What side effects might occur during or between my treatment sessions?
During the treatment, the patient does not feel anything. It can be treated without burning or pain.
Does the treatment have lasting effects?
No. It does not have any permanent side effects. Side effects experienced during the treatment completely disappear a short time after the end of the treatment. The patient can return to his normal life.
Does Cancer Treatment Cause Infertility?
Unfortunately, such a possibility exists. It can cause infertility, early menopause and pregnancy loss by negatively affecting the reproductive system.
How to Reduce the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment?
In order to minimize the effects of cancer, you should eat healthy and do some sports. On the other hand, spending time with your loved ones also reduces the side effects of cancer.
How Should Nutrition Be While Treating Cancer?
Nutrition in cancer treatments should be healthy. Vitamin, protein and mineral source foods should be consumed. Carbohydrates should be avoided. Processed products should not be eaten. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided. A normal healthy eating program should be applied. At the same time, cancer treatments can change the taste of the mouth. Therefore, patients may experience weight loss. You can get support from a dietitian to stay at a healthy weight.
Do I need to take medicine to get rid of cancer?
Yes, after cancer treatment, cancer survivors must use drugs for life. These drugs are given by the doctor. This includes vitamins and immune-boosting drugs.