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how long does chemotherapy stay in your system

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Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Drug vs. effects: Most chemotherapy drugs are "out" of one's system in hours to days. However, the biological effects of the drugs may be much longer. Some drugs such ... Read More

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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Up to 3 months: Chemotherapy leaves the body very quickly, usually within 24 hours. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody, which is a protein. It's half-life ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Confusing question: Do you mean toxicities or anticancer activity? If you are asking about organs not affected by toxicity of chemotherapy, then i would say that there ar ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends: Some types of chemotherapy wipe out cancer cells and immune cells at the same time rendering the individual susceptible to infections for the 3 weeks ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Lowers WBC counts: Chemotherapy slows down the production of white blood cells (WBC) for a few days which makes patient susceptible to catch infection. This effect on bl ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Certain drugs: Effect micro-tubules: te "v" drugs, vincriine, vinblastine, and the taxames too. These form the mitotic spindle in dividing cells. But similar tubule ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry
26 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Stay happy & eating : Exercise, good food, positive thinking can all help with increased immunity and getting better with the prescribed chemotherapy. You have to believe t ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Estape
29 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
It's Tough: The essentials are a good diet rich in proteins, and some luck. Some chemo therapies really cause profound decreases in the white blood cells and this ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Nothing major: Chemo drugs typically do not effect the lymphatic system. So it is not anything to worry about. These drugs typically lower the white cells, mostly ne ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes: Yes & it is likely to be very beneficial. Many controlled studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms & other supplements decrease side effects of che ... Read More
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