Chemotherapy for lupus in high doses for four days has been shown to be effective in treating some patients. The chemicals suppress and rebalance the immune system. Since it is short-term, it does not cause infertility, as it may a cancer treatment. (John Hopkins Lupus Center, 2003)
Chemotherapy is the use of a variety of chemicals to treat a disease. It is most widely known as a cancer treatment but also works for lupus because it can work to suppress an overactive immune system. Because of the side effects associated with chemotherapy, it is often used as a last resort medical treatment.
Chemotherapy agent, Cyclophosphamide is a drug generally used to treat different types of cancer but is also used for lupus, especially for severe organ damage. It can be taken orally or intravenously to reduce the chances of bladder and oral complication. It is necessary to drink plenty of fluids so that the chemicals do not remain concentrated in the body, possibly leading to nausea, sterility, hair loss, and increased risk for certain types of cancer and infections. (Cureforlupus.org, 2011)
Chemotherapy For Lupus: Dealing With The Damage
Chemotherapy for lupus may be tolerated to a degree by some patients but it may cause complications in the long-term. Side effects may include anemia, bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, hair loss, infection, memory impairment, and sexual dysfunctions. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to deal with the threat of side effects.
You may want to modify you grocery shopping list to include foods rich in antioxidants – but low on chemical additives. Supplementing with antioxidants may work wonders to help you tolerate chemotherapy, as well as keep you in remission. It’s best to do your own homework…but do consult with your doctor and a nutrition specialist when using any supplement to help treat a serious and complex disorder such as lupus.