Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Chemotherapy involves the use of chemical compounds to tackle medical problems; cancer chemotherapy, therefore, means the use of such compounds specifically to combat cancer. Some types of remedy work well in tackling some of the many types of cancer that can affect people, but others are less effective. This can be because of the nature of cancer, which causes cells to divide and mutate and thereafter cause problems, while chemicals only affect cells in one particular stage. There is also the problem that cancer can spread and develop into different forms, which means that patients may require a variety of simultaneous treatments and it can be difficult to identify how these ...