Chemotherapy- can be a scary dream for many cancer patients, as some of them may believe it will cause enormous suffering and keep them away from their daily activities. The reality is that most of the people can continue working, spending time with their family and friends, and living their lives while receiving chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer by killing cancerous cells that are in the process of dividing. Because cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than most normal and healthy cells, they are affected more than normal cells. However, some healthy cells will be affected by chemotherapy as well and cause side effects. Most side effects can be prevented or lessened in severity.
In the treatment of multiple myeloma, chemotherapy is most often used in preparation for a stem cell transplant.