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Cancer, Abnormal Cells & Pharmacology - Chapter Summary
Follow our expert instructors as they present material addressing cancer treatment drugs, tumor growth and causes of these growths, and comparisons of different cancer treatments. You will have the opportunity to better understand the body's response to treatments, how they work and symptoms related to cancer and effects of treatment.
Each short lesson contains simple explanations, definitions and examples to clarify all information. You'll easily identify key terms as they are bolded in the text lessons. You have the option to print lesson transcripts to create convenient reference tools. Complete self-assessment quizzes that will help you determine your readiness in moving from one lesson to the next.
How It Helps
You can use this chapter to help you prepare for an entry-level position or further your current healthcare career. Possessing the most current knowledge about cancer development, treatment and treatment side effects can improve your chances of being a valuable team member in any professional pharmacology setting.
By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Compare chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer
- Explain how chemotherapy kills cancer cells
- Define neoplastic etiology
- Note the differences between neoplasm and tumor
- Relate the symptoms and treatments of paraneoplastic syndrome
- Provide details about paraneoplastic antibodies
- Describe how methotrexate works
1. Chemotherapy vs. Radiation
Both chemotherapy and radiation can be effective methods of cancer treatment. Read further to learn more about what makes these two options different from each other.
2. How Does Chemotherapy Kill Cancer Cells?
In this lesson, we'll be exploring how chemotherapy kills cancer cells. We'll also look at the effects of chemotherapy on healthy cells and side effects.
3. Neoplastic Etiology: Definition & Treatment
What is neoplastic etiology? While the term may seem foreign or tough, this lesson explains the name and addresses the major treatment options for problems stemming from a neoplastic etiology.
4. Neoplasm vs. Tumor: Definitions & Differences
'Tumor' and 'neoplasm'. They sound similar and they are. Or are they? That depends. This lesson explains the differences and similarities between the two words.
5. Paraneoplastic Syndrome: Definition & Symptom
This lesson cover a rare disorder associated with some types of cancer, called paraneoplastic syndrome. This lesson defines this confusing term, also describing what it is not, provides some examples.
6. Paraneoplastic Syndrome Treatments
This lesson briefly describes the key characteristics of paraneoplastic syndrome. Then, it delves into the two general treatment approaches used for a paraneoplastic disorder, one that targets the cancer and one that targets the body's response to it.
7. Paraneoplastic Antibodies
This lesson briefly describe paraneoplastic syndrome. Then you'll learn about the concept of paraneoplastic antibodies, how they arise, and what they do in cases of cancer.
8. Methotrexate Mechanism of Action
Methotrexate is a prescription medication used for different cancers and autoimmune diseases. In this lesson, we will learn about autoimmune diseases and how methotrexate works to treat these.
9. What is Appendix Cancer? - Definition, Staging & Survival Rates
The appendix is a small tube-like organ attached to the large intestine. In this lesson, learn about the definition, staging, and survival rates of cancer of the appendix.
10. Appendiceal Cancer: Causes, Symptoms & Types
Appendiceal cancer is a rare form of cancer that impacts the appendix. In this lesson, learn about the causes, symptoms, and different types of appendiceal cancer.
11. Appendix Cancer: Treatment & Recurrence
Have you ever heard of appendix cancer? In this lesson we will explore treatment options and the recurrence rates related to appendiceal cancer, a form of cancer that affects the appendix.
12. Alternative Medicine for Cancer
Alternative medicine might provide a person who has cancer with some potentially beneficial effects. It might also help with the side-effects of cancer treatment. Find out what these therapies might do.
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Other chapters within the Introduction to Pharmacology course
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- Basics of Pharmacology
- Formulas & Calculations for Pharmacology
- Dosage Analysis in Pharmacology
- Pharmacology & Physiology
- Respiratory Medications
- Endocrine System Medications
- Therapeutic Responses in Pharmacology
- Stimulants & Pharmacology
- Medicinal Herbology
- Alternative Medicine & Pharmacology
- Alternative Medicine for Digestive Issues
- Reproductive Health & Pharmacology
- 5-HT3 Antagonist Drugs
- Anorectic Medications
- Medications for Colds & Coughs
- Medications for Infection Control
- Understanding & Administering Doxycycline
- Anticonvulsant Medications
- Overview of Antihistamines
- Understanding & Administering Loratadine
- Overview of Cholinergic Drugs
- GABA Analogue Medications
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Sodium Channel Blockers
- Understanding Steroids
- Uric Acid Reducers
- Anesthesia & Pharmacology