Atlanta Event Photography of Smiling Cancer Survivor | CorporateI am a cancer survivor and I want to give words of hope and encouragement to anyone who has recently received a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is not a death sentence. When I was told that I had cancer I completely froze. I believe that I went into a state of shock. When I came out of the shock, when the numbness went away and I began to feel and think again, my thoughts turned grimm. I believed, no, I knew that I was going to die from cancer. Cancer kills so many people and is such a horrible disease that, after hearing my diagnosis, I just assumed that my life was ending. Thankfully, after educating myself on cancer and talking with various doctors, specialists and cancer surviviors, I realized that cancer treatments are rapidly improving. There really is hope. Developments in chemotherapy are making the treatment less painful and agonizing and are helping people to beat cancer and go on to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Chemotherapy fights cancer by using antineoplastic drugs to attack and kill cells in the body that rapidly divide. The negative aspect of chemotherapy treatment is that in addition to harming cancer cells that divide rapidly, the treatment also attacks healthy cells that divide rapidly. continue reading…

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Chemotherapy is fundamentally just using chemicals to control cancer cells. Some chemo agents kill the cells while others stop them from growing. Most chemotherapy regimens use a mix of agents in hopes of getting a person to go into remission. Prednisone is a familiar corticosteroid drug. It has been described for many different inflammatory conditions and is still in use as a chemotherapy agent for some cancers. As each year goes by, the advances in chemotherapy continue.

The first things a non-medically trained person thinks about when the word “chemotherapy” comes up is nausea, emaciation and hair loss. However, not all cancers require using chemo agents that cause those side effects. Plus, there are treatments to go along with chemo agents known to make patients feel ill that will mitigate the side effects. continue reading…

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