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Chemotherapy for Oral Cancer

Tooth-DryCancer is a condition where the cells divide rapidly to double their number forming tumors or mass of cells. The tumors can be seen in any part of the body including the mouth, oral cancer. One of the treatment option for oral cancer is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy for oral cancer depends on the patients condition infectious condition. In this article, there is a brief discussion on the oral cancer treatment options with chemotherapy. Let us examine them.

Oral cancer treatment with chemotherapy

  • Chemotherapy is a systemic type of oral cancer treatment which affects the cells throughout the whole body and it uses drugs either to cease the diving process and abnormal growth of cancerous cells and/or to kill the cancerous cells.
  • The treatment with chemotherapy for oral cancer also has an ability to interfere with the replication of cancerous cells.
  • Chemotherapy can also be administrated in a combination with radiation therapy and surgery for a better outcome of the treatment.
  • The chemotherapy drugs or medicines can be given both as pills (solid dosage form) or intravenous (liquid dosage form).

Side effects of chemotherapy

The most common chemotherapy side effects are as follows.

  • Deep pain and mouth bleeding (which is felt like tooth pain or ache)
  • Dry mouth
  • Change in taste
  • Pain in gums
  • Mouth infections
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea without or with vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Easy bleeding
  • Easy bruising
  • General vulnerability to certain infections

The above listed are some of the common side effects of chemotherapy treatment for oral cancer. The chemotherapy for oral cancer treatment differs from one patient to the other and so the side effects too. These side effects could be controlled with other medications to increase the comfort for the patient during the treatment.

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