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Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat diseases. The word "chemotherapy" is used a lot to talk about a type of medicine used to help cure cancer called cytotoxic, which means: toxic to the body's cells. This kind of chemotherapy works by putting poison into the patient. The fastest growing parts of the patient will receive the most poison, and cancer grows very fast. Unfortunately, so do other parts of the body, which can be harmed through chemotherapy (Hair, immune system and digestive tract).
Applying chemotherapy requires a careful balance, so that the patient does not die from it.
Chemotherapy can also be used to treat other diseases, though cancer is the most common.
Chemotherapy (related to cancer) has side effects including:
|Pathology: tumors (and related structures), cancer, and oncology (C00-D48)|
|Benign - Premalignant - Carcinoma in situ - Malignant|
|Papilloma/carcinoma - Cholangiocarcinoma - Choriocarcinoma - Adenoma/adenocarcinoma - Soft tissue sarcoma - Melanoma - Fibroma/fibrosarcoma - Metastasis - Lipoma/liposarcoma - Leiomyoma/leiomyosarcoma - Rhabdomyoma/rhabdomyosarcoma - Mesothelioma - Angioma/angiosarcoma - Osteoma/osteosarcoma - Chondroma/chondrosarcoma - Glioma - Lymphoma/leukemia|
|Surgery - Chemotherapy - Radiation therapy - Immunotherapy - Experimental cancer treatment|
|Cyst - Dysplasia - Hamartoma - Neoplasia - Nodule - Polyp - Pseudocyst|
|Tumor suppressor genes/oncogenes - Staging/grading - Carcinogenesis/metastasis - Carcinogen - Research - Paraneoplastic phenomenon - ICD-O - List of oncology-related terms|