Chemotherapy is one of the common treatment which is used to destroy the cancer cells with the help of drugs. There are certain medicines used to destroy the cancer cells during chemotherapy process. Drugs in chemotherapy is circulated through the body throughout the bloodstream. Injection shots or oral medication is given to the cancer patient.
Liver cancer chemotherapy also administers certain medication for the speedy recovery of the patient. The medicines used in the treatment of liver cancer are cisplatin and doxorubicin (Adriamycin).
Drugs used in liver cancer chemotherapy
While taking the prescribed cancer drugs, the patient cannot consume other medicines or any herbal product as it reacts and may have certain side-effects.
Some of the liver cancer treatment medicines are given below:
Cisplatin is the common drug used for chemotherapy, and it also helps to treat numerous forms of cancer. With the help of this drug, the cancerous cells destroyed, thus avoiding their multiplication. The Cisplatin is injected into the patient’s body within a time period of 3 to 4 weeks. If the condition is worse, then the dosage of this medicine is increased. Several side effects of this drug include paleness of the skin, severe bruises, bleeding in gums, weakness, feeling sick, and damage to the kidney.
The chemotherapy drug Doxorubicin is famed by its brand name which is Adriamycin. This drug is helpful in treating various kind of cancer. The role of this drug is to slow down the growth rate of the cancer cells present in the body by blocking the enzyme named as topoisomerase.
The cancerous cells grow with the help of this enzyme. The common side effects of Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) are hair loss, sore mouth, being sick most of the time, change in the color of urine to red or pink, loss of appetite, fever, liver damage, bleeding gums, and diarrhea. On the other hand, this drug is very effective as it cures the liver cancer rapidly.