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How long does chemotherapy stay in your system

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry
Facial Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Estape
Gynecologic Oncology 30 years experience
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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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