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can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with taxol (paclitaxel) ?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Paclitaxel: Paclitaxel or Taxol (paclitaxel) is a micro tubule inhibitor. It has great activity in breast cancer. Side effects include low blood counts, hair loss, numbness and tingling which may persist despite stopping the drug. Typically given either weekly or every other week in breast cancer. It is mixed with a chemical called cremophor which can cause an allergic reaction so patients are monitored.

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Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

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Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can damage the heart. The risk is higher if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or pre-existing heart problems. Doxorubicin (adriamycin), Idarubicin and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) are chemotherapies that are particularly hard on the heart. Trastusumab (herceptin), a monoclonal antibody given for breast cancer, can also damage the heart.
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Do people besides alcoholics experience alcohol problems?

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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

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Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation.
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How much experience must I expect in a personal trainer for heart rehab?

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