Cancer: Gastric MALT lymphoma — Chemotherapy. Treatment
Gastric MALT lymphoma is a malignant tumor featuring a slow but aggressive course. The leading role in its development is played by Helicobacter Pilory, so the main treatment is aimed at combating the microorganism. If this approach fails, the patient is prescribed chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy implies medication causing the death of cancer cells. Specific treatment regimen is chosen by a physician after examination of the patient, which includes:
- physical examination,
- case history collection,
- a series of laboratory tests.
MALT lymphoma chemotherapy uses:
- alkylating agents,
- nucleoside analogues.
The drugs are administered intravenously or orally. The number of sessions is selected by the attending physician on an individual basis. The patient remains under medical supervision. As regards side effects, the patients often report nausea and fatigue.
Tumor response to chemotherapy is assessed using the laboratory and radiological methods. Upon completion of the course, the patient is provided advice on further treatment.Hide
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