This type of treatment uses the body’s natural immune
system to fight cancer. T-lymphocytes or T-cells, cancer-fighting
immune system cells which occur naturally in the human body,
are “trained” in the lab to recognize their tumor
targets and injected into the patient.
Chemotherapy is used to treat melanoma when cancer cells have
spread to distant organs. Anticancer drugs are injected into
a vein (intravenously) or given by mouth or a combination
of both. Because chemotherapy affects normal cells along with
cancer cells, side effects are common. Chemotherapy is usually
administered on an outpatient basis. Treatment is usually
administered in cycles of 3-5 days.
Biochemotherapy incorporates biological therapy with chemotherapy.
Managing Nausea & Loss of Appetite
- Ask your doctor to order anti-nausea medication
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
- Light exercise can stimulate the appetite
- Rinsing your mouth can eliminate bad taste in your mouth
- Take short naps or breaks throughout the day
- Light exercise such as walking can lessen the feeling
- Take up activities that are less strenuous, such as watching
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