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Chemotherapy is a common type of cancer
treatment that uses drugs or medications to treat many types of cancer. It works
by targeting and eliminating rapidly dividing cancer cells in the body.
Chemotherapy is often given for two main reasons. First, chemotherapy may
control or eliminate tumors to relieve symptoms, such as pain.
Chemotherapy drugs are given most often
intravenously (IV) or by mouth (orally). There are several other methods of
giving chemotherapy, but these are the most common. There is not one universal
chemotherapy drug that is used to treat cancer; there are actually several
different types, each uniquely effective against specific types of cancer.
Why is Chemotherapy
Used to Treat Cancer?
Depending on the
type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy
can be used for different goals:
- To cure the
cancer. Cancer is considered cured when the
patient remains free of evidence of cancer
- To control the
cancer. This is done by keeping the cancer from
spreading; slowing the cancer's growth; and
killing cancer cells that may have spread to
other parts of the body from the original tumor.
- To relieve
symptoms that the cancer may cause. Relieving
symptoms such as pain can help patients live
keeps cold and flu at bay
soup is effective home remedy against
colds and flu, says medical journal PHONEIX in its issue, noting that chicken
and meat cooked with vegetables has an anti-inflammatory effect. Also
drinking soup in small gulps helps clear mucus from the nose.
The mucous membrane is often dry in the
early stages of cold, a condition characterized by a rasping cough and a blocked
nose, says magazine. It advises adequate quantities of liquid to keep the
membranes moist and to make it easier for the nose and the throat to clear.
Chicken soup helps expectoration and symptoms themselves as viruses are thus
removed from the body by coughing.
In general, everyone should guard
against the flu at this wet and cold time of the year with a Vitamin rich diet.
Fresh fruit and vegetables contain important vitamins which strengthen the
body's defense mechanisms. The Vitamin C contained in citrus fruits for example,
sustains the immune system, while beta-carotin, contained in various vegetables
and salads, is vital to help membranes effected by the dry, heated air in the
home, writes the journal.
( Courtesy: Oman Observer )
of world’s tallest building begins.
Korea's Lone Group started to
construct what it said would be the world's tallest building .The
skyscraper with 107 stories would be 464.5 metres tall. It will
be taller than the 92 storey Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur which
stands 452 metres high as the world's tallest.
The planned South Korean skyscraper will house ice rinks and a theme park from
the basement to the I Ith floor and 1,500 hotel rooms above, it said.. The
structure is to be completed by December 2005 at a cost of 1.2 trillion won
(some $1 billion )
Lone Group, whose business focuses on entertainment and distribution, operates
the country's largest hotel and department chain. - AFP
Courtesy – Times of Oman )
Oil used as alternative to diesel
- Thai farmers are using coconut oil, a new alternative fuel source, as a
substitute for increasingly expensive diesel, district
officials said yesterday.
In the southern district of Prachuap Khiri Khan, about forty farmers have begun
using coconut oil to power their trucks, tractors and rice-milling machines and
have discovered they run as effectively as diesel.
Coconut oil is a viable "alternative for farmers, it allows them to save
money as well, and it also benefits coconut growers in the area" .
At current prices, coconut oil is about 4 baht (0.09 dollars) per litre cheaper
coconut oil gives engines a smooth movement.
It does not cause pollution at all or create technical problems, claimed
, one of the Prachuap farmers, told the Nation
Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) yesterday confirmed that the quality of
octane in coconut oil is similar to that of diesel.
PTT has reportedly initiated a study, in conjunction with Toyota Motor
Thailand, to examine whether coconut oil could be a viable long-term replacement
The PTT-Toyota project is expected to begin in April 2001.
Courtesy: Times of Oman )