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Chemotherapy The treatment of disease with drugs that directly poison the diseased organism Most often referred to for cancer treatment where powerful drugs with potentially sever side effects are used to eliminate or contain the spread of tumors In treating physical diseases probably the most common form of therapy in Western medicine is chemotherapy or drug therapy Some physical conditions where chemotherapy is not the best option can be corrected through surgery while others may be effectively treated by radiotherapy Chemotherapy is frequently used in the treatment of cancer often in combination with surgical treatment and radiotherapy Chemotherapy uses powerful anticancer drugs that travel through the bloodstream making it potentially useful for cancers that have spread There about 50 different chemotherapeutic drugs that combat cancer generally administering more than one drug at a time because the drugs are more powerful when combined The drugs can be taken orally or injected into the bloodstream They interfere with cancer cells ability to make new DNA or let DNA reproduce properly Which combinations of chemotherapy drugs the patient will receive is based on what the patients doctor thinks will work best for them The decision depends on what kind of cancer they have where it is the extent of its growth how it is affecting their normal body functions and their general healthThe doctor also may suggest that they join a clinical trial for chemotherapy Clinical trials are carefully designed research studies that test promising new cancer treatments Patients who take part in research may be the first to benefit from improved treatment methods These patients also can make an important contribution to medical care because the results of the studies may help many people and help scientists learn more about chemotherapy and its possibilities As stated one of the most common treatments for cancer is chemotherapy and since it kills some normal cells at the same time that it can kill cancerous ones it has the ability
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