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what was chemotherapy like in the early 1980s? how has it changed?

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Dr. Magdy Shaaban
40 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Chemotherapy 1980: In my opinion. the most important development was the discovery and the use of antiemetics..the medications that prevent nausea and vomiting .This discovery made chemo.bearable and many patients were able to tolerate it. ADD to this the discovery and use of growth hormones like neupogen ,neulasta (pegfilgrastim) and procrit that helped shortening of the periods on neutropenia and we are able to give r the doses
Answered on Jun 27, 2015
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Less developed, unpl: It was rather unpleasant to give chemo because of severe side effects for which there was not anything useful available. Now we have good antidotes to prevent nausea/vomiting which makes the patients life much easier and more functional. We had very little alternative treatments. Now we have many more new drugs which are free from serious toxicities....much progress has been achieved!
Answered on Mar 12, 2020

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