Chemo - better results, fewer adverse effects
Recent scientific studies have shown that as many as 4 out of 5 cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are not receiving the correct chemo dose.
Drugs affect different people in different ways. Do you know someone who can drink a cup of coffee within minutes of going to bed and sleep soundly through the night despite the caffeine? And yet other people are counting sheep all night long after drinking coffee even hours before bed. This same thing happens with chemo drugs too! The chart below shows several factors which determine how drugs effect people.
Imagine two people undergoing the same chemotherapy: Patient 1 is a young, athletic, bodybuilder standing 6 ft. tall and weighing 220 lbs. Patient 2 is older, much less active, and a little overweight, but also stands 6 ft. tall and weighs 220 lbs. These two patients will receive exactly the same dose but will, in all likelihood, respond very differently to the drug.
Currently, doctors determine your chemo dose based on your height and weight using a method called “Body Surface Area”, or BSA. This BSA method of dosing doesn’t take into account your individual metabolism, age, health, gender, and many other factors that can affect how your body might respond to the drug(s) your doctor has prescribed for you. Your doctor cannot tell by looking at you what dose will work best and, because everyone is different, you could be given too much or too little drug.
Your chemo works best at the dose that is right for you.
Getting too much drug (overdose) raises your chance of having severe side effects. This can make you so sick that you may have to skip or change treatments.
Getting too little drug (underdose) lowers your chance of beating your cancer. Your cancer is more likely to come back or spread to other parts of your body.
Know How Much Chemo Is in YOUR Body
There are simple blood tests that can measure the amount of chemo drugs in your body. Your doctor may use one of these tests to help determine if you are getting too much or too little drug. Your dose can be changed so that it is right for you.
Peace of mind comes from knowing that your cancer treatment has been tailored to your own body. Ask your doctor today, if you are receiving a personalized dose of chemo based on blood test or BSA?