Negligent Cancer Treatment - Medical Malpractice Lawyers Claim
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Cancer treatment is very important because it can be lifesaving for the sufferer. There are different treatments for each type of cancer. Some cancers are very sensitive to chemotherapy while others are radio-sensitive. Others need to have every bit of cancer removed by surgery to have the best chance of cancer recovery. Different treatment types have different side effects and efficacy. Some people are completely miserable with certain types of chemotherapy and not with others. Other people tolerate radiation therapy very poorly, depending on the location of the radiation while others have no problems with the therapy. Cancer treatment is very individualized, depending on the type of cancer and the individual suffering from the cancer. Very elderly patients are treated differently from a young person with the same cancer.
Surgery has a way of being able to diagnose a cancer, treat cancer or even prevent cancer in some cases. Surgery is the mainstay of almost all cancer types. Surgery usually offers the greatest chance for a cure, particularly if the cancer has not become metastatic.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs or medications to cure cancer. Chemotherapy can be frightening because of all the hype about side effects. But once you know how chemotherapy works and what to expect, the side effects are easier to tolerate.
Radiation therapy involves the use of high energy particles or waves of energy that destroy cancer cells. This is commonly used in cancer therapy, either alone or paired with another form of cancer treatment. Radiation can be external beam therapy or it can be used in the form of brachytherapy in which tiny beads of radioactive material are placed really close to a cancerous area where they are active just in that one spot.
Targeted therapy is a newer form of cancer therapy that uses substances that specifically identify and kill cancer cells. Targeted therapy is becoming more popular as a way to kill off cancer cells while maintaining the health of other cells around the cancerous cells.
Immunotherapy is a way of using the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. There are different kinds of immunotherapy and they are used on a wide variety of cancers. They depend on having a relatively robust immune system.
Hyperthermia is an age-old method of killing cancer. Now that more precise ways of delivering heat have been developed, there has been more success in killing cancer than ever before.
Stem cell transplants can be of peripheral blood, bone marrow or cord blood transplants. Stem cell transplants work especially well for leukemias and lymphomas and can involve harvesting and growing stem cells from the sick individual or a matching donor or from cord blood, which contains loads of stem cells so long as they are a matched donor.
Photodynamic therapy is a unique type of cancer treatment in which certain medications called photosensitizing agents are activated with certain bands of light and which are then used to kill cancer cells.
Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Each type of cancer treatment will have its own set of side effects. For example, cancer surgery can be painful and disfiguring. If all the cancer is to be removed, certain organs may need to be removed along with the cancer such as all or part of the colon in colon cancer or the entire pancreas in pancreatic cancer. This can affect how the body functions. Another example is thyroid cancer. The entire thyroid gland is removed so that there is a lack of thyroid hormone after thyroidectomy for cancer. The individual needs thyroid hormone replacement for the rest of their lives.
Chemotherapy side effects are what people fear the most when they develop cancer. Side effects include hair loss, malaise, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Part of the problem is that chemotherapy is designed to kill off fast growing cells. The cells of the gastrointestinal tract are fast growing as well so the slough off, leading to the gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Almost all of these side effects resolve themselves after the chemotherapy is over and there are things a person can take while undergoing chemotherapy that can manage these symptoms.
Radiation therapy has fewer systemic side effects than chemotherapy. The side effects tend to vary from person to person and from site to site. The side effects occur because of the high doses of radiation used damage healthy cells as well as cancer cells. There is no way to tell what is healthy tissue and what is cancerous tissue so the external beam radiation must be carefully guided to get mostly to cancer tissue.
Some people have few or no symptoms of radiation therapy. Others have more serious side effects that usually begin about two three weeks into the therapy and last for several weeks after the therapy is over. Most people who receive radiation therapy have skin problems such as blistering, peeling, itching or dryness that resolve within a few weeks after radiation therapy is over. Many also experience fatigue and exhaustion that does not improve with rest. It all depends on whether or not the patient is also undergoing chemotherapy at the same time. While most side effects go away after a while, there are long term sequelae such as developing a secondary cancer.
Clinical trials are ways very sick patients can have a chance for treatment that is not available to the general public. These are research studies looking into the effectiveness of new treatments for cancer. They need patients with particular types of cancer to see if the treatment works. They often have a control group that gets placebo medication or lower doses of the medication but when and if it is determined the new medicine is helpful against cancer, all of the people connected with the study will receive the full dose of medication.
There is a place for complementary or alternative medication in cancer treatment. These are treatments that have had centuries of use against cancer. Many are nutritive and help enhance the immune system, which is how the body fights off cancer in the first place. The problem is that these things are not tested and there is no absolute proof that they actually work.