Is any Stage 4 cancer curable?
Stage 4 Cancer Treatments
Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer is harrowing for anyone. And while a cure for cancer is not on the cards, there are a few ways to treat cancer and prolong the life of the cancer sufferer for as long as possible.
Stage 4 is the final stage of cancer, and the sufferer enters stage 4 when cancer has spread from its initial origins to more distant parts of the body. By the time it gets this bad, there is very little that can be done. And unfortunately, although there are treatments that can help to slow the spread of cancer, survival rates at this stage are incredibly low.
And to make things worse, a lot of the available treatments aren’t very pleasant. So it’s a good idea to find out about the different treatments that are available, so if one option isn’t going too well for you or for a loved one, you will at least know what the other options are so that you can decide which ones (if any) you want to pursue.
In this article, we’re going to describe the main methods for treating Stage 4 cancer. Please feel free to scroll ahead if you’re already familiar with some of the treatments. Here goes.
Chemotherapy is basically the use of chemicals to destroy cancer cells. These chemicals work by preventing cancer cells from growing, dividing, and making more cells.
There are several methods for administering chemotherapy. And your doctor will tell you which one they think is best suited to your particular cancer, chemotherapy drugs may be administered orally, such as in a pill or liquid form, by an intravenous drip directly into your bloodstream over several hours, by injection, topically as a cream onto your skin, or by an injection into your abdomen.
However, when drugs prevent cancer cells from growing, they can also prevent regular cells from growing. And this can lead to side effects. Chemotherapy has a long list of side effects. These include fatigue, hair loss, anemia, bruising, nausea, appetite and weight change, constipation or diarrhea, and many more.
Radiation therapy is basically the use of high-energy x-rays or other particles to destroy cancer cells.
There are two main types of radiation therapy. These include systemic radiation, where radioactive materials are entered directly into the body. Either by swallowing something, through an injection, or through a vein via an IV line.
And then there’s external beam radiation, where a large machine sends beams of radiation to precise points in your body.
Side effects of radiation therapy (either type) can include headaches, hair loss, nausea, fatigue, and many more.
Surgery to remove cancer tumors is normally one of the least risky means of treating certain types of cancer. However, when cancer gets as far as stage 4, this means that cancer has started to spread, which means that removal of these tumors is much more tricky. As such, it is not a particularly common form of treatment at stage 4.
Melanoma Clinical Trials
Now, the important thing to bear in mind with clinical trials such as Melanoma Clinical Trials, is that if you agree to take part, you may not necessarily receive any actual treatment…
When scientific trials like this are conducted, they need one group to NOT have the treatment being tested. So that they can compare the difference between those who do have the drug, and those who do not. So those who won’t receive the real treatment being tested will instead receive a placebo.
Sometimes these placebos can help with treatment. But this is not a reliable means of treatment and is more of a psychological type of healing. What’s more, if you do take the active treatment, the full range of side effects will be unknown. So if you decide to go down this route, please proceed with caution.
What has been covered here is by no means an exhaustive list of all the treatments available for stage 4 cancer. So if none of these options appeal to you, by all means. Find out more about other types of treatment that might suit you better.
It’s also important to note that everyone responds differently to different treatments, and until you try a treatment out, there’s no real way of knowing how effective it will be for you. And it’s also important to note that you don’t have to choose just one treatment. You can combine different treatments and either take them together or one after another.