chemotherapy

Correkt-chemo – Test For the Precise Treatment


Once the cancer has been diagnosed, the patient routinely has to go for conventional

chemotherapy regimen. However, these chemo sessions are common to all patients with

that specific cancer type. This uniform approach to the treatment is one of the most

important reasons of treatment fatalities, deaths, and cancer recurrence. ‘One size fits all’

proves harmful in this case.

Cancer has unique properties and differs in every patient and hence every patient responds

in a very different manner to the same chemotherapy. Thus, a few patients undergo

remission whereas few have cancer progression even after receiving cancer treatment. It is

harmful because this cancer progression or failure of treatment becomes evident after

many days of receiving the chemotherapy and after suffering all the side effects of the

chemotherapy.

 

Time & Money

Trial & error approach proves very hazardous in this case the time is very precious for

successful cancer management and this precious time is lost with the conventional method.

At the same time, precious financial resources are wasted in drugs with no benefits and

give harsh side effects. Hence it is very beneficial for the patient and the treating physician,

if it is already known which drugs will give maximum benefit in that individual patient’s

tumor.

 

Why Correkt-chemo?

Correkt-chemo directly tests the effect of chemotherapy / anti- cancer drugs on the

patient’s tumor cells. It helps to customize the treatment plan according to sensitivity and

resistance pattern of the patient’s tumor cells. When armed with this information, patient’s

physician can ensure that they receive the most effective chemotherapy from all available

options. This personalization of the chemotherapy by directly studying effect of

chemotherapy drugs on cells taken from fresh biopsy sample of the tumor – is the Correkt-

chemo test. In this test, fresh tumor cells obtained by biopsy / surgery are treated with

different chemotherapy drugs. The effect of drug is measured directly by its ability to kill

the tumor cells. Consequent upon this information, the drugs are listed in their order of

comparative efficacy to kill the tumor cells.

 

Who should undergo this test?

  • Every cancer patient with or without metastasis, before starting cancer treatment.
  • Every patient who is under treatment for cancer.
  • Every patient in whom the cancer is not responding satisfactorily to therapy.

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Chemotherapy – Not everything you know about it is true!


Battling cancer is a very scary experience- for patients as well as their family members. Many tests, multiple opinions, various course of treatments and so on. There are many options available but lack of knowledge leads to confusion and eventually, threat about the treatments. Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. However, there are still many patients and their near ones are reluctant to go for it because of many misconceptions. Here are some of the common chemotherapy myths busted.

  1. I must be critically ill if doctor has suggested chemotherapy.

That would have been true a few decades back when it could mean a very poor health condition. However, nowadays chemo is suggested as a supplementary treatment and given after a primary treatment e.g. surgery or a radiation therapy. It is usually suggested to prevent cancer recurrence.

  1. Chemo is a very hectic process.

Nowadays chemo drugs are given through various ways depending on the patients’ need and the condition. Most of the times, the drugs are given through a needle or a catheter. But it can also be given in a liquid or pill form which you can take at home.

  1. Everybody loses their hair.

This is one of the biggest fears anyone has while going through a chemo. However, it’s not really true. With latest chemo drugs, losing hair is becoming uncommon.  Hair loss happens due to the damaged hair follicles which, most of the time is a side effect of the chemo drugs. However, new medications are developed in a way to minimize this effect.

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4. Chemotherapy only kills cancer cells.

In medical terms, chemotherapy is often referred as cytotoxic (cell-killing) treatment. These drugs are devised to hamper the growth of the cells by attacking their DNA that fosters their growth. However, these drugs also attack the cells which grow in irregular manner, which are not always cancer cells. Thus side effects are seen.

 5. Chemotherapy is same for all.

Chemotherapy is becoming more customized according to the patient’s needs. It is not a standard treatment. There are varieties of therapies used in combination with other medications. It is not a similar treatment for one and all. E.g. two men with lung cancer might not receive the same treatment.

6. Chemo causes high-level of nausea.

Earlier, it was very common amongst patients undergoing chemotherapy to experience nausea. It was one of the major side effects earlier. However, with new anti-nausea drugs like Zofron & Kytril, the symptoms are effectively controlled. It even allows patients to go home after the treatment unlike the earlier days when recovery time was needed.  It is recommended that patients should take meals at short intervals rather than traditional ‘three meals a day’ option

7. Chemotherapy is very painful.

Earlier, it was true. But chemotherapy drugs are so advanced now that there are very negligible or very less side effects- but pain is not the one of those. Nowadays it’s a rare case that patient is admitted to hospital for overnight stay after the treatment.

8. If I’m not sick, the chemo must not be working.

It is the mindset of some patients that if any treatment is not hurting/ causing pain to them; it is not effective. Not just chemo, but otherwise too. However, it is not true. Some people experience side effects of the therapy while others don’t. But lack of side effects does not mean that the treatment is not working.

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9. I won’t be able to have children after chemotherapy.

Chemo can cause a huge effect on pregnancy and it is indeed a complicated decision whether to or not to conceive while receiving chemo. It can cause complications. It is not true that conceiving during chemotherapy is not possible. However, it is strongly recommended that you talk to your specialist about the options before starting the treatment.

10. Chemotherapy makes patient toxic.

The medications used in chemo are indeed very powerful and can prove toxic if not administered correctly. But that does not mean that it makes you toxic. Many people, out of ignorance think that the person undergoing chemo should use different rooms and toilets. That is not true. Chemo does not make patient untouchable.

It is always great to be well-informed. Especially when it concerns ours and our loved ones’ health.

 

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