Radiotherapy is a common form of anti-cancer treatment that beams high-energy radiation particles directly onto cancer cells. The procedure destroys cancer cells using sophisticated computer targeting systems.
Chemotherapy, also known as cytotoxic drugs, is the name given to drugs that destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given together with radiation to enhance the effectiveness of radiation treatment.
In some cases, chemotherapy is given together with radiation to enhance the effectiveness of radiation treatment. This is known as concurrent chemo-radiation therapy.
Why do you need concurrent chemo-radiation?
Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy is typically used to cure cancer. This form of treatment may be appropriate if your cancer:
Has not spread to distant organs
Is deep-seated, not surgically accessible
Is locally extensive and not amenable to surgery
Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy may also be used as a preventive treatment after surgery for some cancers.
What are the risks of concurrent chemo-radiation?
Concurrent chemo-radiation intensifies the possible side effects of both chemotherapy and radiation therapy such as:
Loss of appetite
How do you prepare for concurrent chemo-radiation?
Your doctor will discuss your treatment plans and advise whether you should receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy sequentially or at the same time.
Prepare for each type of treatment and the effect of going through both types of therapies at the same time:
Conventional radiation therapy
Why choose Gleneagles Hospital?
At Gleneagles Hospital, we know that battling cancer is emotionally, physically and psychologically challenging for both the patient and carer.
Our oncologists work with surgeons, radiotherapists, specialty nurses and counsellors in a multidisciplinary care team to provide a holistic care environment for you. Together, we will help you to navigate your cancer journey with success and regain your quality of life.
Our medical oncologists
Our cancer specialists at Gleneagles Hospital are skilled in treating a wide range of cancers with concurrent chemo-radiation as a possible treatment for you.
We will guide you through the process, matching your health goals and supporting you throughout your cancer treatment.
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