The treatment methods that are used for curing kidney cancer are powerful and therefore, in lieu of destroying the cancer cells, they destroy the healthy cells as well. Typically, the side-effects of a kidney cancer treatment depend on the type of treatment executed. Here are the different treatments used for treating kidney cancer and their side-effects:
Nephrectomy: after this surgery, most patients are given medication to relieve pain. Discomfort following the treatment may make it difficult for a patient to breathe deeply and may therefore, mandate specific breathing and coughing exercises to keep the lungs clear.
Embolisation: this treatment method may cause pain, nausea, fever or vomiting and can be treated with medicine.
Radiation Therapy: radiation therapy may make a person extremely tired. While undergoing this treatment, a cancer patient is required to take rest as much as possible. The side-effects of this treatment may show up on the skin in the form of redness or dryness. The doctor will also mandate protection of the skin from the sun. Besides, the patient is advised not to use lotion or cream on the skin without consulting the doctor.
Hormone Therapy: the side-effects of hormone therapy are mild. Progesterone is a hormone that is most commonly used to treat kidney cancer, which has certain side-effects that vary from one individual to another. The most common side-effect of a progesterone induced treatment is weight gain.
Biological Therapies: the side-effects of biological therapies vary from one treatment to another. Usually, these treatments are known to cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, loss of appetite, weakness, vomiting and nausea. The problem may be severe and most patients are required to stay in the hospital during the treatment.
Chemotherapy Drugs: there are some drugs such as cisplatin, streptozocin, cyclophosphamide and high dose methotroxate are more likely to damage the kidney even more. Ensure that you do not consume these drugs for the temporary benefits that it has.
The side-effects that cancer treatment has on an individual may not be the same for another individual. One of the most commonly found side-effects of kidney cancer treatment is bleeding. Doctors have begun to plan kidney cancer treatment methods after keeping the possible side-effects in mind. Fortunately, most of the side-effects associated with the treatment of kidney cancer do not last long. To rid the side-effects, one must ensure the follow-up meetings with the doctor are not disturbed.
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