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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
Drugs for cancer: Various drugs are using alone or in combination to treat cancer. Collectively, they are called chemotherapy and can be used as single agents or in com ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Chemotherapy: Is a fairly broad term to describe medications given to treat cancer. This is not necessarily limited to intravenous drugs.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience in Gynecologic Oncology
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a very broad term. Each agent works differently. Some replace parts of the dna of fast growing cells, some attack the way dna is repai ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Individualized: Some people tolerate chemotherapy well, and some have very severe side effects, usually weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and/or hair loss dep ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience in Medical Oncology
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 ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
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.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
Different medicines: Chemotherapy is a group of medicines, given through the vein or by mouth, that can kill cancer cells. The first "chemotherapy" was a chemical used in ... Read More
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A 86-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
22 years experience in Pathology
No: Chrmotherapy is used for cancers that have spread beyond the wall of the intestine and into the nodes. For tumors that are confined to the wall of the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience in Medical Oncology
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 antici ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Depends on the kind: Chemo drugs may be recommended depending on the type of cancer (pathology), and extent of cancer.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
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 c ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: Neuropathy after adriamycin (doxorubicin) is well documented.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymundo Romero
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
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 sh ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience in Breast Surgery
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 ne ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Chemotherapy?? NO!: Why would you think that to be the case???
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
No effect: Chemo in the adjuvant setting after mastectomy when given after the wound heals has no effect on reconstructive techniques employed. One can do a tra ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Very Complicated: I am not sure we can offer much here. The various chemotherapy regimens are not noted here; nor is the hepatitis status and what treatment you are on ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Rephrase question: Hi salome3d. Can you rephrase your question? I am not sure what information you are requesting.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Unlikely: Cancer of the esophagus that has invaded is seldom cured, and surgery is the usual means. There is talk of occasional cures by very aggressive radioth ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
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 vegeta ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Chemotherapy is the primary treatment for non hodgkins lymphoma. It's effectiveness depend on several favors like stage, type of lymphoma, and the int ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
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 di ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
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 n ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience in Medical Oncology
?: Sorry but your question makes no sense. What do you want to know about docetaxel?
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
17 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can have many side effects. If you are receiving chemotherapy the benefit may outweight the risk. Talk to your oncologist about side effe ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Gently: Your body should be your guide.If you expend too much energy on exercise where will your body find the strength to fight the cancer?
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Yes, for both: Hepatocellular Carcinoma is commonly treated with Sorafenib which is a type of targeted therapy. This is a good choice of treatment in case you have n ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Complex problem: Cannot comment with 2 lines of information. Need the entire clinical context. If you seek more detailed information get a formal second opinion.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Pahnke
43 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Yes: We look at each cancer's profile - estrogen / Progesterone /her-2 receptors as well as histology-size, grade , blood vessel invasioneg then the pa ... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Same drugs as other: Same chemotherapy drugs are used for treating both types of colon cancer. The only difference is lack of benefit from EGFR inhibitors(Cetuximab and Pa ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. Thi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience in Gynecologic Oncology
Chemotherapy: Many of our modern chemotherapies originated with plants or other natural compounds. One example is Paclitaxel (taxol) came from the pacific yew tree ... Read More
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A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
25 years experience in Medical Oncology
Other options: There are multiple other options to include trials avaliable for treatment. Targeted therapy has been proven effective as well as immunotherapy. Would ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Local v. Systemic Rx: Some cancers require multimodal therapy to attack the organ where the cancer started and where it may have spread. Chemotherapy is like antibiotics: ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Only if ..: Gefitinib will only work if there is a egfr mutation detected on the cancer. It will not be effective if there is no egfr mutation detected.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not necessary: You do not want to go into chemotherapy fat. You should continue with a healthy diet that you enjoy. Gaining weight has no advantage prior to chemothe ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience in Gynecologic Oncology
Chemotherapy: Most likely you are receiving a chemotherapy that potentially could have heart effects. Your doctor wants to know where your heart is starting from.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Depends: Some cancers are curable with today's chemotherapy even if they have spread extensively. Others (for example, the common lung cancers) may someday be ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron Citron
55 years experience in Medical Oncology
Protein, protein: You need to keep up your weight, if possible, when going through chemotherapy. Depending on the type of meds used you may be too nauseous to eat enoug ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Several: Low blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy (numbness and/or tinging) of the fingers and/or toes, nausea, diarrhea and low blood counts are the most com ... Read More
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Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Common practice: Used to prevent allergic reactions as well as for an anti-emetic (anti-nausea). Hope this helps.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
Condoms!: Chemo drugs are present in semen and vaginal secretions, so whether you are a man or woman, it's best to use condoms to protect your partner from expo ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Avoid sugar: Sugar feeds cancer, so avoid sugar and any refined carbohydrates. Eat lots of organic greens. Drink lots of water.
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A 91-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tarik Hadid
17 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
It depends.: R-cvp is a relatively milder regimen and therefore it does not usually result in very low wbcs. In general, modest decrease in WBC is expected and is ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
May be: It would not be practical to link the two conclusively. Hodgkins does affect the immune system and a common cause of hypothyroidism is hashimoto disea ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
Join support group: You are undergoing the toughest part, and a cancer support group would ease your mind/spirit. Meditation, visualization exercises can also ease the pa ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
That is a Myth!: Chemotherapy is just a medicine...So it does not and should not hurt! sure chemotherapy can have some side effects but they are controllable and usual ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes. : Chemotherapy typically causes death of fast growing tissues. These include the cancer and a number of normal tissues including bone marrow, hair folli ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience in General Practice
Check platelets, NOW: I am not an oncologist but my wife has beat 2 cancers: gbm (brain) and AML (leukemia) and had a stem-cell transplant: she is still going!. A bloody ... Read More

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