When traditional treatments for Crohn’s disease are unsuccessful, a doctor may prescribe chemotherapy. Learn about whether chemo is safe, the different types available, and whether there are any side effects here.
Doctors typically only recommend chemotherapy for Crohn’s disease in very specific circumstances, including when other standard treatment methods fail.
There are also some safety factors to consider. It is also worth noting that only some chemotherapy drugs might work.
In this article, we will look at how well chemotherapy for Crohn’s disease works, available types, and whether there are any side effects.
Can chemotherapy help treat Crohn’s disease?
There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease. For this reason, treatment focuses on reducing symptoms so that the person can go about their daily life.
It is possible for the disease to go into remission, which is a period when the disease causes few to no symptoms.
Medical treatment aims to achieve this remission and, with the help of other medicines and lifestyle changes, keep the disease in remission for as long as possible.
Crohn’s disease is a category of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and most people with Crohn’s disease respond well to traditional IBD therapy methods. These include corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and 5-aminosalicylic acid drugs.
A doctor may also choose to prescribe specific medications for individual symptoms, such as an antidiarrheal drug if the person is experiencing diarrhea.
However, in some cases, Crohn’s disease does not respond well to drugs, and symptoms may continue or get worse. When this occurs, a doctor may prescribe certain chemotherapy drugs to help treat it.
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