As the Mother of a child with cancer, I can attest to the changes that occur in the body after being administered chemotherapy. My son still isn’t the same, and he hasn’t has intravenous chemo in well over a year now. The oncologist blames it on radiation, and the radiology team points the finger at the chemo. Regardless, you’re left with a family member that has to live with a pretty comprised immune system often way after their last dose of chemo.
Fighting cancer is no easy feat and it seems like now more than ever, everyone you speak to has their own theory and cure to share with you. Chemo has been saving lives for quite some time now, but will never gain a great rep due to the horrific way it alters your body. Forget the nausea or vomiting that one expects from the drugs, there is a growing list of other symptoms that cancer fighters have to live with on top of all of those immediate reactions:
- Difficulty with focused thinking (sometimes called chemo brain).
- Early menopause.
- Heart problems.
- Reduced lung capacity.
- Kidney and urinary problems.
- Nerve problems such as numbness and tingling.
- Bone and joint problems.
City of Hope is diligently trying to change the landscape by offering a new type of protocol to ward off cancer in the body with CAR-T cell therapy. The amazing element that this has over traditional chemotherapy is that the body no longer suffers by way of poisoning all the cells in order to combat cancer. This methodology utilizes the reverse theory by creating an immune system so strong that your recovery time is nothing like what it used to be. The cell therapy doesn’t allot for the destruction of the healthy cells the patient so badly requires in order to make a full recovery. Thus far, this treatment has been successful in blood cancer patients like those living with lymphoma, or leukemia. This could be so exciting for millions of patients, so stay tuned on the continuing developments made by City of Hope.