By Dariza Flor A. Pineda,RN
What is chemotherapy? How necessary is it to undergo such treatment? It is normal to have questions, concerns and mixed feelings about receiving chemotherapy. Understanding your treatment may lessen your anxiety and help you resolve your concerns. Accurate information also can help you prepare for chemotherapy and may prevent or decrease some of its side effects.
Cancer is a condition wherein there is an uncontrolled growth of cells due to damage to DNA (mutations) and, occasionally due to an inherited propensity to develop tumors. A systemic intervention used in the treatment of certain disease conditions is developed by technological advancements in healthcare, called the Chemotherapy. In modern-day use, refers primarily to the use of cytotoxic agents to treat CANCER. Chemotherapeutic agents are used only when disease prognosis shows that patient would benefit from the treatment.
On September 1, 2011, Capitol University Medical Center (CUMC) opened a Chemotherapy Unit- one of the 1st leading advancements of healthcare facilities in Northern Mindanao which is designed specifically for patients with solid tumors like Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Colorectal cancel, Gastrointestinal cancers and sarcomas. It is also used to treat blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. “This was built with the idea of creating a much better patient experience for this particular group of patients because they are so ill and spend so much time in the outpatient setting. The new area is a state-of-the-art facility in terms of the technology as well as the design. The goals of Chemotherapy are cure, control and palliation,” said Ms. Vicky Burgos, RN, Chemotherapy Unit in-charge.
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