Many different chemotherapy options are available for brain tumor patients that should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor. The chemotherapy agents may be either in pill or IV form. Chemotherapy in its basic definition attacks quickly dividing cells such as cancer cells. However, it also affects the body’s other quickly dividing cells like the hair, nails, stomach, intestine lining, and blood cells. It’s important to research and completely understand all of the side effects, which can include hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, night sweating, weakness, and fatigue.
Chemotherapy patients may also need to have their blood counts checked
regularly to monitor white and red cells. Medications such as Neupogen and
Epogen may be prescribed by your Doctor to lessen the symptoms of fatigue by
increasing white and red blood cell counts. Also, chemotherapy patients must
have their temperatures monitored and caregivers must be vigilant about
preventing infection as chemotherapy can compromise the patients’ immune system.
Brain Tumor Foundation: A discussion of chemotherapy treatment and considerations.
www.bymyside.com: The rigors of chemotherapy are explained by actor Rob Lowe and his dad, who is a 2-time cancer survivor. This informative site is sponsored by producers of Neulasta™ - a white blood cell booster, a drug that helps your body make more white blood cells to protect you against infection. The site contains useful resources, links and "questions to ask."
LifeClinic - a user-friendly directory of medicine side effects and precautions, including chemotherapy drugs
MedlinePlus A guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Find the common side effects, precautions while using the medicine, and what to know before taking it. Most chemotherapy drugs are listed.
by the FDA contains a variety of information related to cancer and approved
cancer drug therapies. Includes a List
of Approved Oncology Drugs with Approved Indications. The list may be
sorted by the drug's generic name, trade name, or manufacturer.