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are people with chemotherapy at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Shouldn't be: This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Chemo & tapeworms: There is very little data available on this topic. There are a few case reports that comment on immunosuppression (from cancer or chemotherapy) and the diagnosis of parasite or worms. In summary, it is a theoretical risk but there is no info on how common but appears to be exceedingly rare in us.

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What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Too many!!!!: Chemotherapy may cause hair loss, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, mouth sores, low blood counts, severe infections, kidney damage, nerve damage, liver damage, heart damage, memory changes, constipation, skin rashes among other side effects.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is chemotherapy?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
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 combinations. Many times biologic agents such as antibodies are also grouped in this category because the are used to fight cancer as well.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What are side effects of chemotherapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Depends on the drugs: There are many types of chemotherapy. They all cause rapidly-dividing cells to die, which might cause hair loss, mouth ulcers, decreased white blood cell counts, upset stomach, nausea, fingernail changes, and tingling. Ask your doctor about your regimen, because side effects are different for each drug. For example, some chemotherapies don't cause hair loss!
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Also, so called "targeted therapies" (so called because, if you think about it all drugs have targets they act on in the body) may have less or different toxicities than conventional "cytotoxic" chemotherapies. The range of side effects is highly drug, cancer, and patient dependent with much potential variation between each patient.
Jan 4, 2012
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you have radiation treatment while receiving chemotherapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: It depends on the cancer, but sometimes we give radiation therapy and chemotherapy together. It is much stronger that way but has more side effects.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
In many cancers such as head and neck, lung, glioblastoma, etc. the standard method is to give radiation and chemotherapy together for better results and survival improvement.
Jan 11, 2012
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A 53-year-old member asked:

What exactly is photo chemotherapy?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
PUVA (Psoralen+UVA): Photochemotherapy/phototherapy generally refers to puva therapy using psoralen (taken by mouth) and then later "tanning" to ultraviolet a light (uv-a) to treat various skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma and skin manifestations of graft-versus-host disease. The psoralen makes the offending cells in the skin sensitive to damage from ultraviolet a.

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