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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Overview)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat cancers of any type.


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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Yes.: Generic name of Cytoxan is cyclophosphamide. It is a drug commonly used to treat a variety of cancers, but may also be used to treat some autoimmune disorders, such as lupus. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
990 doctors shared insights

Chemotherapy (Overview)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat cancers of any type.


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What is adjuvant chemo?

What is adjuvant chemo?

Adjuvant chemo: Adjuvant chemo is chemotherapy that is given after curative surgical resection of a cancer. It is given to reduce risk of recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy made up of?

Medicines: These are drugs and medications that are given by intravenous, intraarterial, or oral routes in most cases. The drugs are made by companies (pharmaceutical) who manufacture them from chemicals and molecules. ...Read more

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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is chemotherapy like and how do I help my mom through it?

Can you please tell me what exactly is chemotherapy like and how do I help my mom through it?

Like this: How your mom will handle chemo is impossible to foretell. Depends on the kind of chemo and how healthy she is. As to how to help, first do not anticipate bad reactions, she may do great. If she gets sick, just be available. Even little things will be appreciated. That said, don't smother her. Let her fight this on her terms and with dignity. I truly hope both of you do well. God bless. ...Read more

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Chemo drugs for lung cancer ?

Chemo drugs for lung cancer
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Yes: Depending on the stage, how advanced the disease is and what type of lung cancer it is, chemotherapy can play a major role in treatment of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Describe experiences with pcv chemotherapy?

Describe experiences with pcv chemotherapy?

Nausea/vomiting: I am not sure what exactly is being asked here. Pcv chemotherapy is used in the treatment of aggressive brain tumors. This particular combination of chemotherapy is very nauseating and fatiguing. ...Read more

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Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Yes: Doxorubicin (adriamycin (doxorubicin)) can indeed cause nerve damage, but not always the typical 'peripheral neuropathy' seen with other chemotherapy drugs. It affects the myelin sheath of nerve and ganglia and can cause 'ganglionopathy'. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in both the arms/hands and legs/feet (not just the feet). Other drugs given alongside adriamycin (doxorubicin) can add to the risk. ...Read more

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Why etoposide administered before ifosfamide in chemotherapy ?

Why etoposide administered before ifosfamide in chemotherapy ?

NO SPECIFIC REASON: Here are 3 possible reasons: 1) Most clinical trials use this sequence, although it has been given after in other studies as well 2) Etoposide is a shorter infusion 1-2 hours, Ifosfamide typically hours to 24 hrs, requiring monitoring of urine 3) Giving etoposide 1st also allows opportunity to give IV hydration prior to ifosfamide ...Read more

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Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Get Oncotype: In order to answer this question, more details are needed (size of tumor, lymph node involvement, etc). A test that will help to decide if you need chemotherapy or not is the oncotype dx. I highly recommend you speak with your oncologist and even consider a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

May need to postpone: If you need chemotherapy following mastectomy, your surgery dates may need to be tailored as chemotherapy can delay wound healing. I typically postpone the second stage of surgery (exchange of tissue expanders for implants) for six weeks following your last chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Challenging : Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the chemotherapy?

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What need to ask: You need to know all treatment options available for you- chemo ; surgery; radiation etc. Specifically about chemo- you need to know the name of chemo that you will get, the frequency/schedule, the risk/possible side effects and how to anticipate the problems. The benefits of chemo. Things that you should do and should not do while on chemo-and when the WBC is low. Neutropenic precaution etc. ...Read more

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Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Sometimes: The two main types of esophageal cancer are adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cure with chemotherapy and radiation alone is much more likely with squamous cell carcinoma. The exact cure rate is dependent on the stage of the cancer, but cure with just chemotherapy and radiation is rare. ...Read more

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Is fruits and vegetables pills safe for chemotherapy?

Is fruits and vegetables pills safe for chemotherapy?

Maybe, but...: Eating real fruits and vegetables is better! our bodies are made to digest whole foods. Pills cannot capture the complexity of a real fruit or vegetable including the fiber, enzymes, and vitamins. I don't recommend taking lots of supplements during chemotherapy, because anything you put in your mouth must be processed by your liver...And it has a lot of work to do already with chemotherapy! ...Read more

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Is adjuvant therapy(chemo) effective for non-hodgkin's lymphoma cases?

Yes: Chemotherapy is the primary treatment for non hodgkins lymphoma. It's effectiveness depend on several favors like stage, type of lymphoma, and the international prognostic index. ...Read more

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What is cancer chemotherapy?

Complicated: Chemotherapy is a broad term used to describe a variety of several types of medications used to treat cancer. The medicines may each function quite differently, affect cancer cells and other body cells differently, and are tailored as much ad possible for each person & each type of cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase platelet count naturally and safely during chemotherapy? What is the clinical consensus around papaya leaf juice?

Talk to your dr: Do not take any herbal supplements with chemotherapy without discussing with your doctor first----significant side effects can occur. There is no natural way to increase platelets. Discuss your treatment options with your hematologist. ...Read more

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How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

?: Sorry but your question makes no sense. What do you want to know about docetaxel? ...Read more