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A 43-year-old member asked:

is taking herceptin (trastuzumab) better during or after chemotherapy?

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Dr. Timothy Goggins
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Depends on the chemo: Herceptin should not be given in combination with adraimycin. It would increase the risk of heart toxicity. We do commonly give Herceptin in combination with other drugs like Carboplatin and taxotere, or paclitaxol in an adjuvant setting. Herceptin alone is done to complete 1 year of treatment. In the setting of advanced disease we give it in combination with drugs like Xeloda and navelbine (vinorelbine).

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Can I breastfeed after chemotherapy?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Yes: In many circumstances, it's safe to nurse-- but it depends on the timing, when you finished chemo, and what medications were used. You should ask your oncologist about your specific situation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Should I take any additional precautions whilst having sex during my chemotherapy regime?

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Condoms!: Chemo drugs are present in semen and vaginal secretions, so whether you are a man or woman, it's best to use condoms to protect your partner from exposure to chemo. Also, you may be at higher risk of infection and/or bleeding during sex depending on your blood counts, so ask your doctor if it's safe. And you may need to use more lubrication than you once did. Otherwise, go for it!
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can chemotherapy control the cancer? What is the goal of each treatment?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Ask your doctor!: That is a great question and a really important one to ask your doctor! the goals of chemo are different for each patient and each cancer type. Sometimes the goal is to completely cure the cancer; sometimes it is to prolong life but not cure the cancer. Sometimes the goal is to relieve symptoms. It might be a hard question to ask, but you should know your doctor's goals for you!
Dr. Paul Zhang
Dr. Paul Zhang commented
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Cure some, no different for others, and make it worse for some too, wether we like it or not.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can chemotherapy control my cancer?

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Dr. Davis Liu
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Depends: Depending on the type of cancer some are responsive to chemotherapy and others are not. Sometimes radiation therapy can be helpful. Again, depends on the cancer. Best check with an oncologist for your options.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I help my mother deal with nausea from chemotherapy?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Encourage meds!: Nausea is horrible! thanks for helping your mother. Hopefully her doctor gave her several medicines to try. Make sure she tries them all. If she can't keep them down, ask her doctor for suppositories. If the medicines don't work, ask her doctor for others, and encourage your mom to take them even when she feels better. We have such good meds now that no one should have nausea from chemo!

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