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Systemic Treatment


Systemic therapy encompasses a diverse range of treatments aimed at combating cancer throughout the body. While the term ‘chemotherapy’ has historically been associated with intravenous cancer treatments, the landscape of anticancer medications has evolved significantly. Today, systemic therapy encompasses a broader spectrum of options, reflecting advancements in medical science and patient care.

In the past, the stigma surrounding systemic therapy stemmed from experiences with traditional cytotoxic medications. However, we now have access to a wider array of treatment options, tailored to individual needs and preferences. From traditional intravenous treatments to modern tablet-based regimens, systemic therapy has transformed the oncology landscape, enabling patients to pursue treatment discreetly and with greater comfort.

Let’s delve into some of the key types of systemic treatments we commonly utilize:

Chemotherapy: This encompasses various groups or classes of drugs designed to combat cancer cells throughout the body. These drugs work by targeting specific mechanisms involved in cancer growth and proliferation. Our approach to chemotherapy involves careful consideration of treatment cycles and intervals, with a focus on minimsing side effects and optimising treatment outcomes.

Hormone Therapies: Certain cancers are fueled by hormones present in the body. Hormone therapies are designed to disrupt this activity by either inhibiting hormone production, blocking hormone receptors on cancer cells, or altering hormone function. These therapies play a crucial role in controlling cancer growth and managing related symptoms.

Targeted Therapies: Unlike traditional chemotherapy, targeted therapies zero in on specific molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from normal cells. By exploiting these differences, targeted therapies offer a more precise and effective treatment approach with fewer side effects. Ongoing advancements in targeted therapy hold promise for further enhancing cancer care and outcomes.

Immunotherapies: Immunotherapies represent a groundbreaking approach to cancer treatment, harnessing the body’s immune system to recognise and attack cancer cells. These therapies come in various forms, including antibodies, biological response modifiers, vaccines, and gene therapy. By leveraging the body’s natural defenses, immunotherapies offer a targeted and potent anticancer strategy with the potential for long-lasting benefits.

At Cancercare, we are committed to staying at the forefront of modern oncology, offering a comprehensive range of systemic therapies tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our goal is to provide effective treatments with minimal side effects, empowering patients on their journey toward better health and well-being.