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					If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, you may be a candidate for
chemotherapy. Colon cancer chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to
kill colon cancer cells. There are several types of chemotherapy each of
which have side effects.        Chemotherapy


           Chemotherapy is a term used by doctors to refer to drugs that
can erradicate cancer cells. Chemotherapy was formed from mustard gases
during WW1 . The term "chemotherapy" literally means "chemical treatment"
and is one way to help the body fight off cancer cells. Chemotherapy
drugs can be given in several ways, including intravenously by
injection, intravenously with a pump, or even in pill form. If
chemotherapy is given prior to surgery, it may shrink the tumor so that
the surgeon can completely remove it with fewer complications.
Chemotherapy is recommended for stage 2 colon cancer, and usually
recommended for stage 3 and stage 4 colon cancer. Chemotherapy for colon
cancer can involve one or more of eight possible drugs off the
chemotherapy drugs list. The most popular of these drugs is 5-
Fluorouracil (5-FU). It is usually used in combination with leucovorin
(a vitamin), making 5-FU more effective. 5-FU is given intravenously;
however, recently a pill form has been developed. For patients where the
cancer has spread from the colon, a variety of other drugs may be given .
Camptosar, Eloxatin, Avastin, Erbitux, and Vectibix are some of the drugs
given.         Side Effects               Colon cancer chemotherapy is
often associated with unpleasant side effects . Chemotherapy is used to
kill rapidly dividing cancer cells ,but it also kills other rapidly
dividing healthy cells in our bodies. Undergoing chemotherapy comes with
significant side effects that can place quite a strain on their body
The side effects of chemotherapy may include:            * Nausea and
vomiting      * Loss of appetite      * Hair loss      * Mouth sores
* Rash on the hands and feet      * Diarrhea       Other common side
effects include lowered red and white blood cell count (which can lead
to anemia and increased risk of infection), sun sensitivity, and
darkening of the skin and nail beds. Effects on the bone marrow result in
an increased risk of infection (due to low white blood cell counts),and
bleeding or bruising from minor injuries (due to low blood platelet
counts). The side effects that occur with chemotherapy depend upon the
particular drugs given and the individual. Each chemotherapy drug has
side effects, although not everyone will be effected the same way. In a
lot cases, the side effects can be treated or prevented with
medications . Changing your diet may also help relieve some of the
effects of the drugs. Many of the effects of chemotherapy are
manageable, especially with the help of your doctors . The effects
related to the drugs will wear off when chemotherapy is stopped. Colon
cancer chemotherapy is a systemic therapy, meaning that the drugs enter
the bloodstream and go through the body. Doctors can suggest
alternative ways to help relieve symptoms that may occur during and
after a patients colon cancer treatment. The best strategy should be
discussed between you and your doctor.        Get more information by
visiting Colon Cancer Chemotherapy


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