Depending on the type of cancer involved, many different pharmaceutical drugs are employed during the course of cancer treatment. Many of these drugs have harsh side effects, such as severe nausea, vomiting, and muscle weakness. Pharmaceutical drugs also form the core components of chemotherapy, which is used to reduce a malignant tumor’s size so that it can be extracted through surgery. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical drugs used in chemotherapy also reduce the body’s resistance to secondary infection, meaning that chemotherapy patients are extremely vulnerable to colds and other viruses. The body’s immune system is compromised, meaning that once cancer patients contract secondary infections, they are also much more difficult to fight off than they would be without the chemotherapy drugs.
Radiation therapy, on the other hand, uses bursts of radiation to shrink malignant tumors, but produces many of the same symptoms as chemotherapy: nausea, muscle weakness, etc. Due to the fact that the radiation cannot discern between healthy tissue and malignant tumors, radiation therapy also severely damages normal tissues in the body. As a result, cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy may experience decreases in bone density, hair loss, nausea, muscle weakness, and a weakened immune system.Chemotherapy is a little tedious treatment where it makes the patient weak.
Fortunately, cancer patients can take measures to improve their quality of life both during and after their cancer treatments. First, physicians will typically advise adopting a preventive lifestyle that includes regular cardiovascular exercise, proper nutrition, rest, hydration, and weight management. Some cancer patients may object, given that a preventive lifestyle can hardly hope to prevent the cancer they already have, but the tenets of a preventive lifestyle will help boost quality of life during cancer treatment. It will also put a cancer patient’s body in the best position possible for long-term survival. During cancer treatment, patients are also advised to pursue healthy outlets for their psychological stress (such as grief counseling and family discussions) in order aid the recovery process. The methods of treating a cancer patient should be reduced by finding out the innovative ways in the medical field
As for the recent controversy surrounding US healthcare reform, cancer patients and their families will be relieved to hear that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as Obamacare or the ACA) is making cancer treatment accessible to more families than ever before. Health insurance companies will also be unable to deny cancer treatment coverage to children under the age of 19. The Affordable Care Act also directly prohibits US employers from dropping workers from company health insurance benefit plans if they are diagnosed with cancer. Taking into account that patients may require extensive treatment, the Affordable Care Act also prevents healthcare providers from setting lifetime limits on cancer treatment costs.