• Question: Do you think there will ever be a way of making chemotherapy less painful or easier for patients to deal with?

    Asked by LB_1107 to Kevin on 8 Mar 2019.
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      Kevin OBrien answered on 8 Mar 2019:

      Yes, definitely.
      Even in the last few years there have been improvements to the drugs and systems.
      The drugs are advancing to better target the cancer cells, with fewer side effects and collateral damage to healthy cells.

      On the systems side, one of our companies products is a two channel infusion pump, which simultaneously delivers fluid to prevent dehydration along with the chemotherapy drugs, speeding up recovery after a session of treatment.

      There were recently some experimental treatments in the US which involved cancer patients wearing infusion pumps throughout the day which delivered the chemotherapy drugs at a lower rate but over a longer period of time.
      It allowed patients to be more comfortable while receiving treatment, and reduced side effects, due to the lower rate.