Cancer cannot usually be completely cured, although it can sometimes be controlled or slowed down. Chronic cancer develops at this point. Chronic cancer may develop very slowly or not at all. A person with an incurable cancer may live for years or even decades with the correct treatment and care. You may transition from curative to palliative care if the cancer cannot be treated.
Depending on the type of cancer, different treatments are available. Cytostatic medications, hormone treatments, or other anti-cancer medications, such as the newest targeted therapy medications, are frequently used to control the malignancy. Radiation therapy might also be required if the cancer has spread widely.
Because therapy for metastatic cancer is frequently lengthy and may result in overall health decline, it is crucial to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Instead than trying to get rid of tumors, the goal of treatment is to slow the spread of the illness and cure its symptoms.
Follow-up care typically occurs every three to six months. Chronic cancer patients may experience cancer pain, exhaustion, and nausea in addition to the side effects that are frequently related to treatment. However, you should be able to lead a typical life. You will require symptomatic treatment and radiotherapy if the malignancy spreads.
Both you and your loved ones may experience psychological stress as a result of chronic cancer. It is crucial to ask the nursing staff or the CSF associations for help. Peer support is also beneficial.