Post Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy plays a major role in treatment of cancer. Many cancers like certain types of lymphoma, leukemia, testicular cancer etc. can be completely cured by chemotherapy with a good chance that it will never come back. In other cases, it may be helpful in shrinking the cancer and controlling its growth.

Palliative care post chemotherapyAlthough the treatment of chemotherapy has vastly improved in previous decades but still it causes some side-effects to the patient like:

  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Unusual pain, including intense headaches
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nerve damage
  • Neutropenia & infections
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Fertility problems
  • Insomnia
  • Urine and bladder changes
  • Bloody stool or blood in urine
  • Changes in libido and sexual function
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Memory and concentration changes

Palliative care post chemotherapy

Palliative care is means the treatment that is given to manage the symptoms of a disease or to manage the ill-effects of treatment. Palliative care after chemotherapy serves the purpose of management of ill-effects of treatment. Chemotherapy causes various side-effects to patients. These symptoms make the treatment procedure painful and uncomfortable for the patient. But as chemotherapy is curative and restrictive form of cancer treatment, it is required to manage its side-effects and motivate patient to complete the treatment cycles.

Goals of Palliative care post chemotherapy

  • Maintain or improve the best possible quality of life
  • Ease the side-effects caused by chemotherapy
  • Improve or completely eliminate the distressing symptoms caused by the chemotherapy
  • Prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of chemotherapy
  • Provide solution for psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to chemotherapy
  • Monitor and attend patient and family needs

Advantages of Palliative care post chemotherapy

  • Provides smooth treatment opportunity to the patient undergoing chemotherapy by managing its side-effects
  • Gives relief to the patient from ill-effects of chemotherapy
  • Motivates patient to complete the chemotherapy cycles
  • Solves all queries related to treatment and its ill-effects
  • Assists patient and his family to make medically appropriate goals in accordance with chemotherapy
  • Facilitates effective communication between patient, family and oncologists to make them understand about the possible side-effects and management of chemotherapy related side-effects