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What are the advantages of immunotherapy over chemotherapy

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
20 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Theoretical: Theoretically immune-based therapy such as vaccines may have advantages of "conventional" cytotoxic chemotherapies. Until recently, most immunotherapi ... Read More
Dr. Ricardo Estape
30 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
None: We all wish that we could learn how to manipulate the immune system to battle cancer without chemotherapy but this has been an empty promise so far. T ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Two different treatm: Immunotherapy works by enhancing the normal immune functions of our body. Chemotherapy works by killing cancer cells with the use of chemicals. Their ... Read More
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
8 years experience Medical Oncology
See below: Chemotherapy involves drugs that are cytotoxic i.E destroy rapidly dividing cells (cancer cells); they are non-specific and not targeting any particul ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
24 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Symptom control: Improve symptoms, trying to prevent cancer related complications, trying to prolong survival. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Great question: Palliative chemotherapy is for incurable cancer, so there should be a good reason for giving it. If cancer is causing pain or other distressing sympto ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
Less hassle.: Placement of an IV "shunt" saves a lot of time and inconvenience. Instead of having to insert a needle into a new vein at each chemo session, the need ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 years experience Medical Oncology
CA along meninges: Intrathecal chemotherapy is chemo delivered into the spinal fluid. Commonly, this is done via a device called an Ommaya reservoir, an injection port ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fix ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
It can, yes.: Most effects on the eyes are minor and temporary, such as dry eyes, watery eyes, and irritation (called "conjunctivitis"); but chemo can cause more se ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt! chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sour ... Read More

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