Advantages and disadvantages of cancer treatment

By | October 15, 2011

Advantages and disadvantages of cancer treatment:

Advantages and disadvantages of surgical treatment of cancer treatment:
Indications: early, middle and limitations of radical cancer treatment, palliative treatment of advanced tumors.

Advantages: Surgery is a mechanical means, to temporarily remove the large tumor, there is no resistance to chemotherapy, radiation resistance and other topics.
Disadvantages: Traumatic larger, and some parts of surgery is difficult, not valid for sub-clinical metastases, in the treatment there are some limitations, can not completely eliminate the cancer cells, cancer cells in a certain period of time will be long.

Advantages and disadvantages of radiotherapy cancer treatment:

Regional sensitivity of cancer.

the use of multi-beam radiation caused by the focus of high-energy cross-killing cancer cells, radiation, strong anti-mitotic cells, is an important means of cancer treatment for many cancers can produce temporary control of the results.


  1. radiation therapy equipment is expensive, the treatment expense is higher.
  2. radiation therapy long period, which normally takes 1 to 2 months.
  3. radiation, more complications, and even loss of function caused by sector.
  4. radiation treatment is not good, and can not completely eradicate cancer cells, cancer cells in a certain period of time will be long.

Advantages and disadvantages of chemotherapy tumor treatment:

post-operative patients; in advanced cancer; metastatic cancer; sub-clinical metastasis.


Chemotherapy is the use of chemicals for treatment, the anticancer drugs into the human body can quickly spread to the whole body, can kill cancer cells locally, but also kill the metastasis of cancer cells, is a systemic treatment, more is more than restrain tumor growth and spread of the primary tumor, metastasis, subclinical metastases are temporary control role.


  1. no chemical drugs to kill cancer cells specifically, to kill cancer cells also kill normal cells, chemotherapy will shorten the survival of patients over time.
  2. the department of tumor is not sensitive to the drug, the use of chemotherapy, no clinical value.
  3. chemotherapy can not completely kill all the cancer cells in vivo, in a certain time, cancer will relapse or metastasis.

Advantages and disadvantages of the traditional Chinese medicine treatment of cancer conservative treatment:
For disease: post-operative patients; early, middle and advanced cancer; metastasis and recurrence of cancer; are chemotherapy patients.

  1. Chinese traditional medicines are warm, non-toxic, without any side effects.
  2. acid-base balance by regulating the body fluids, improving physical fitness, so that cancer cells do not survive, can completely control the soaring cancer cells, so that no recurrence and metastasis of cancer cells.
  3. conservative treatment of Chinese starved to death in the total cancer cells also have enhanced the patient’s body immune system, improve the quality of life of patients, reduce patient suffering, prolong life and other effects.

Disadvantages: some time to bear fruit slowly. Generally takes 3-5 cycles of time.

2 thoughts on “Advantages and disadvantages of cancer treatment

  1. Dr Who

    Possible side effects of chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking cells that are dividing quickly, which is why they work against cancer cells. However, other cells in the body, such as those in the bone marrow, the lining of the mouth and intestines, and the hair follicles, also divide quickly. These cells are also likely to be affected by chemotherapy, which can cause side effects. Some people have many side effects while others have few side effects.

    Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the type of drugs used, the amount and the length of treatment. Some of the most common possible side effects include:

    Hair loss
    Mouth ulcers
    Loss of appetite
    Nausea and vomiting
    Low blood counts.
    Chemotherapy often affects the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow, causing low blood cell count. This can cause:

    Increased chance of infections (low white blood cells).
    Tendency to bruise or bleed easily (low levels of platelets).
    Fatigue (low red blood cells or other reasons).
    These side effects are usually temporary and disappear after treatment ends. It is important to inform the team of health care provider about any side effects you have, because there are often ways to lessen these side effects. For example, drugs can be given to help prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting.

    Also it may be other side effects. Some of these are only seen with certain chemotherapy drugs. The team of professionals serving the cancer can provide information about the possible side effects of specific drugs you are getting. It is important to know the specific side effects that can occur with drugs so you know what to expect and when to call your doctor.

    As with other types of treatments, the probability that the benefits of chemotherapy overcome the disadvantages depend on a number of factors including the type and extent of the cancer, as well as the health condition of the person before treatment. If you are considering chemotherapy, it is important to talk with your doctor about the likelihood that useful against the possible side effects will be.

  2. hasnain

    Can u please tell me about the the carcinoma here 3.
    My mother have cancer


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