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Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.
Various roles of chemotherapy are

  • Primary Treatment
  • Neo adjuvant Treatment
  • Adjuvant Treatment
  • Regional Treatment
  • Induction Treatment
  • Palliation

Combination Chemotherapy is better because

  • It provides maximal cell kill with minimal toxicity
  • It provides a broader range of interaction between drugs & tumour cells in heteogenous tumour population
  • It may slow the subsequent development of drug resistance
Chemotherapeutically curable cancers include
  • Chorio carcinoma
  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia
  • Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s disease

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by medical oncology?
Medical oncology is a form of cancer care that uses immunotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy to treat cancer patients. When used with other cancer treatments like radiation and surgical oncology, it is an effective way to treat cancer.
A medical oncologist at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital specializes in employing chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy to diagnose and treat cancer in adults. A medical oncologist is usually a cancer patient’s primary health care practitioner.
Medical oncology is the practice of using medications to kill cancer cells that are rapidly multiplying. Chemotherapy can help reduce cancer cell growth and prevent it from spreading to other places of the body. It may be combined with radiation to aid in tumor shrinkage prior to surgery.
Biopsies and surgery to remove malignant growths are the most common procedures performed by surgical oncologists. They can also undertake surgery to detect the stage of cancer and how far it has spread. Surgical oncologists may also undertake prophylactic procedures in some cases


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