This section of the CANCERactive web site covers chemotherapy and cancer drugs and includes our A to Z review of the top cancer drugs. In the past several experts have conducted reviews for us in very specific areas, for example on breast cancer drugs, prostate cancer drugs and lung cancer drugs and we have those for you too.
But the whole issue of chemotherapy is developing quickly. Going are the days when cancer drugs were synonymous with mass destruction; early cancer drugs simply used the fact that cancer cells were rapidly dividing, and went to work on them, be they cancer cells or hair cells.
Nowadays, the Pharmaceutical companies are trying to be more targeted, to address specific genetic issues, and thus hopefully reduce the side effects. And so they have developed cancer drugs like mono-clonal antibodies and such advanced Biologics are being developed all the time. But they are expensive, very expensive.
You will find an overview of chemotherapy and developments in cancer drugs by clicking this link: Cancer Drugs and Chemotherapy.
Everybody taking a cancer drug should read this overview, and then their specific drugs in the A to Z guide. We promise that every time there is research in Cancer Watch on the drug, its benefits or its side effects, we will update these important pages.
There are other articles in this section. We advise everyone taking drugs to read the piece on diet and chemotherapy because, in our review, we found that NHS dieticians are giving the majority of cancer patients dangerous, cancer feeding-information (there, weve said it!), like encouraging them to eat foods that are glucose-rich, when glucose is the favourite food of a cancer cell. And recent research has shown that people with the highest blood-glucose levels survive the least! Be warned. You will quickly understand what you need from your cancer diet, and cancer nutrition programme when undertaking chemotherapy. Cachexia can, of course be a problem. But shoving fats, sugars and salt down your throat is not the way to beat a cancer. You might like to read Hydrazine Sulphate elsewhere on this site if you are concerned about cachexia (severe weight loss and debhilitation caused by the cancer drugs).
You should also read the article on taking antioxidants during chemotherapy and you might like to read how the best way to reboot your immune system is with herbs (for example, curcumin, astragalus, cats claw and echinacea). You will also find that in our search facility.
You might also look for our article on Beneficial Bacteria - without them, you may not be able to derive the best nourishment during your chemotherapy programme, even if you have the best cancer diet possible!
If you are going to take a drug, especially one of the older and powerful cancer-cell killing chemicals, check the facts and be sure its what you think is best. You may find our five-year old article Blind Faith of some help. It was supposed to be one half of the anti/pro chemotherapy argument. Unfortunately the professors asked to write the case for chemotherapy didnt. However, it was criticised as a piece - for being too balanced!
On the left of this screen you will find more articles on a variety of subjects to do with the cancer treatment of chemotherapy and cancer drugs.