How Chemotherapy Affects The Immune And Circulatory System Of The Patient?

Once diagnosed with cancer, a patient often thinks that he needs to sign up for chemotherapy as it is the most powerful and most common option available for cancer treatment. However, this is also true that this treatment can also take more than what it has to offer. While natural cancer treatment is more effective, affordable and safe, this and other alternative cancer treatments offered at natural cancer treatment centers are not being promoted. This is being done to save the interests of the multi-billion dollar cancer drug industry.

In chemotherapy, a patient is given very strong drugs to kill rapidly growing cancer cells. However, these powerful drugs can damage healthy cells as well. This is the reason why there are many side effects of this traditional cancer treatment. Depending on the age and health of the patient and type of drugs, side effects can be more severe. Although some side-effects disappear after recovery but not all. Some of these side-effects can be very serious. Chances are, your body will not be the same after this treatment.

Here is how this treatment affects your body:

This treatment can affect any system or body part. However, the following systems and body parts are the most susceptible:

  • Hair follicles
  • Digestive tract
  • Mouth
  • Bone Marrow
  • Reproductive system

In this article, we will see how these drugs can affect your immune and circulatory systems.

Routine monitoring of blood count is crucial. It is an important part of chemotherapy. It is a well-known fact that drugs involved in chemotherapy are harmful to cells in the bone marrow. Red blood cells are produced in bone marrow. So, when bone marrow is harmed by these drugs, it will not produce an adequate amount of red blood cells. In the absence of RBCs, an adequate quantity of oxygen is not carried to tissues. A patient after the treatment is likely to experience anemia.

Some of the symptoms of anemia are:            

  • Pale skin       
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulty in thinking
  • General weakness

Not only red blood cells, this treatment can also reduce white blood cell count. The strength of your immune system greatly depends on white blood cell counts. White blood cells prevent illness by fighting infections and other disease causing elements. Often it is difficult to notice the symptoms of effects of chemo drugs on the immune system. A person with a weak immune system gets sick more often. The patient has to be extra careful and take essential precautionary measures to avoid exposure to bacteria, viruses, and other germs during and after the treatment. Apart from red blood cells and white blood cells, there is another type of cells in the blood called platelets.   

These cells help in blood clotting. If a patient has a low platelet count, he is likely to bleed and bruise very easily. Moreover, stopping bleeding also becomes problematic. Symptoms of low blood platelet count include blood in stools or vomit, long periods of nosebleeds and heavier-than-normal menstruation.        These drugs can also weaken the heart muscle of the patient. This can cause damage to your heart.

Natural cancer treatment, on the other hand, does not involve any such strong drug. It is safer than chemotherapy.      

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