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Most of the cancers are curable if detected in early stage. Therefore, it is advisable that people get routine screenings done and take care of their diet and exercise.

The duration of cancer cure and treatment depends on the severity of the disease, symptoms assessment and age of the patient.

You can find all the regional cancer centres across India in the Nearby Hospitals’ section.

Anemia

Appetite Loss

Attention, Thinking, or Memory Problems

Bleeding Problems

Blocked Intestine or Gastrointestinal Obstruction

Clotting Problems

Constipation

Dehydration

Dental and Oral Health

Diarrhea

Difficulty Chewing

Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia

Dry Mouth or Xerostomia

Fluid Retention or Edema

Fatigue

Fluid Around the Lungs or Malignant Pleural Effusion

Fluid in the Abdomen or Ascites

Hair Loss or Alopecia

Hand-Foot Syndrome or Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia

Headaches

Heart Problems

Hormone Deprivation Symptoms in Men

Hypercalcemia

Infection

Lymphedema

Menopausal Symptoms in Women

Mental Confusion or Delirium

Mouth Sores or Mucositis

Nausea and Vomiting

Nervous System Side Effects

Neutropenia

Osteoporosis

Pain

Peripheral Neuropathy

Shortness of Breath or Dyspnea

Skin Conditions

Skin Reactions to Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy

Sleeping Problems: Hypersomnia or Somnolence Syndrome or Nightmares

Sleeping Problems: Insomnia

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Taste Changes

Thrombocytopenia

Urinary Incontinence

Weight Gain

Weight Loss

It depends on the type of cancer, stage of the disease and overall health of the patient if adequate and timely treatment is given.

If cancer is found after treatment, and after a period of time when the cancer couldn’t be detected, it’s called a cancer recurrence.

The recurrent cancer might come back in the same place it first started, or it might come back somewhere else in the body. When cancer spreads to a new part of the body, it’s still named after the part of the body where it started.

If cancer is found after you have been treated for one type of cancer, tests will be done to see if the cancer is the same type you had before or a new type.

It’s not possible to predict how likely a cancer is to recur, but cancer is harder to treat and more likely to come back if it’s:

  • Fast growing
  • More advanced or widespread
  • Cancer treatment in India is equivalent and in some cases even better than abroad.
  • Please find the regional cancer centre list in our ‘Nearby Hospitals’ section.
  • Cancer is a huge financial burden on the patient and the family. While it is advisable to get a cancer-specific insurance if you can afford one, certain government schemes are also available which support certain people for cancer treatment.
    Visit the link for details:  www.cancerhelpline.in

It depends on the biology of cancer. Even within the same type of cancer, there is a wide range of growth rates. Depends on how fast the disease is progressing.

For example, some breast cancers have a very high percentage of dividing cells and a relatively short doubling time (1 cell dividing into 2) of 30 days while others have only 1% of dividing cells with a cell doubling time of well over a year or even two years.

There is always hope. Despite best of treatment, there are times when the doctor can’t do much about the situation, but patient’s will power and hope can really play a significant role. One should never lose hope. MIRACLES happen.

Common side effects caused by cancer treatment include:

  • Anemia
  • Appetite Loss
  • Bleeding and Bruising (Thrombocytopenia)
  • Constipation
  • Delirium
  • Diarrhea
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia)
  • Infection and Neutropenia
  • Lymphedema
  • Memory or Concentration Problems
  • Mouth and Throat Problems
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Nerve Problems (Peripheral Neuropathy)
  • Pain
  • Sexual and Fertility Problems (Men)
  • Sexual and Fertility Problems (Women)
  • Skin and Nail Changes
  • Sleep Problems
  • Urinary and Bladder Problems

The chance that surgery will cause cancer to spread to other parts of the body is extremely low. Following standard procedures, surgeons use special methods and take many steps to prevent cancer cells from spreading during biopsies or surgery to remove tumors.

Chemotherapy and radiation destroy cancer cells. They also destroy normal cells in the process. Secondary malignancies have been reported in some patients receiving radiation and certain types of chemotherapy. Ask your doctor for your specific risk.

Treatment will depend on the physician’s expert opinion based on the diagnosed tumor or metastasis. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for cancer. Treatment options include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and more, and in some cases a patient will require a combination to maximise the effectiveness of treatment. It is becoming increasingly common to engage a team of experts to provide the best treatment mix for certain patients. A multidisciplinary approach must be provided.

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