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Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Yes: A few chemotherapy also have been used in different conditions other than cancer for instance- Methotrexate is given for rheumatological disease and other autoimmune problems, 6mp is given for colitis ( crohns disease, ulcerative colitis); Rituxan (rituximab) is given for some autoimmune condition. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is chemotherapy used in the treatment of other diagnoses other than cancer? Maybe for lupus?

Is chemotherapy used in the treatment of other diagnoses other than cancer? Maybe for lupus?

Yes on rare occasion: Chemotherapy can be used to suppress the immune response like in autoimmune processes and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and wegners granulomatosis. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

3 modalities: There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery ( if localized and if possible to be done) . A radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatment of cancer can use only one modality or could require combination of 2 or all of the above- depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the goal of therapy and overall condition of the patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat 2 different types of cancer at once with chemo?

Is it possible to treat 2 different types of cancer at once with chemo?

Yes, it can be done: Some of the Best chemotherapy drugs are effective against more than one or two cancers. So we can combine 2 or 3 drugs in order to provide a broad coverage. If you can tell us the exact situation with your case(What types of cancer and which chemo drugs have been proposed to be used??) I can give you a more useful answer. ...Read more

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Help please! is chemotherapy or radiation therapy more commonly used to treat childhood leukaemia?

Help please! is chemotherapy or radiation therapy more commonly used to treat childhood leukaemia?

More and more: We are moving away from cranial radiation in leukemia if we can. Leukemia cells use the central nervous system as a sanctuary site (ie., they hide there, and in the testes too). For patients with CNS disease at diagnosis, radiation is still a part of treatment. However, for CNS negative patients, we now use repeated intrathecal therapy for CNS prophylaxis. CNS relapse treatment involves radiation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to explain in simple words how is radiation used in medicine/cancer treatments?

Yes: Radiation can be used to cure patients of their cancer with assistance from chemotherapy and/or surgery. When a pient is incurable, radiation can help to control symptoms like pain, bleeding or pneumonia. Radiation actually will kill or disabkle cancer cels so they can no longer divide and multiply. ...Read more

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Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read more

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What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

Consult Oncologist!: For estrogen or Progesterone positive receptor cancer of breast: hormone manipulation: estrogen receptor inhibitors-tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors-arimidex, aromasin, (exemestane) letrosole etc ! ...Read more

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Is curing cancer an interest of the fda? Are doctors and scientists closer to a cancer cure? Or is cancer to complex?

Is curing cancer an  interest of the fda? Are doctors and scientists closer to a cancer cure? Or is cancer to complex?

Curing Cancer: Cancer is a broad term referring to many difference disease processes. In short, cancer is the uncontrolled division and spread of cells. A single cure for every different kind of cancer would be extremely unlikely because different cells and different genes are involved. That is why some cancers have excellent treatments (most thyroid cancer) and others are much more difficult (pancreatic). ...Read more

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Is it true tomotherapy can only be used to treat some types of lymphoma and not other types of lymphoma?

Is it true tomotherapy can only be used to treat some types of lymphoma and not other types of lymphoma?

Tomotherapy lymphoma: Tomotherapy is a method of delivering radiation therapy. Tomotherapy may be used for IMRT in lymphoma radiation. Not all lymphomas need to be treated with imrt. In addition, imrt does not have to be done by Tomotherapy. More importantly is the radiation oncologist following the involved nodal recommendations for therapy rather then the machine ...Read more

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What is the safest and most effective systemic medication that can be used for long periods to treat Crohn's disease?

What is the safest and most effective systemic medication that can be used for long periods to treat Crohn's disease?

Safe OR Effective?: No drug is entirely safe, but you are correct in wanting to balance efficacy against safety. Biologics are unquestionably the most effective crohn's medication class, followed by immunomodulators & corticosteroids. Each of these has however significant associated safety concerns which can be minimized when used appropriately in a physician-monitored setting. Get a good GI doctor, & go from there! ...Read more

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What is raloxifene used for other than cancer?

What is raloxifene used for other than cancer?

Menopause: Raoxifene's first role was as an "estrogen receptor modulator, " meaning that it slows estrogen down in some tissues (uterus, breast) and enhances it in others (bones). Doctors prescribed it to slow osteoporosis, and its breast cancer reducing properties were discovered serendipitously. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a condition that one cannot help other than the choice to seek treatment?

Is alcoholism a condition that one cannot help other than the choice to seek treatment?

Mutual support helps: Treatment helps, and starting with mutual support may provide a strong foundation for recovery. Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

MORPHINE: Ask your treating oncologist or palliative care specialist for morphine. This medication can help with the sensation of shortness of breath (dyspnea). There is a liquid formulary, easier to take, absord faster. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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Can you be given a combination of 5-fu and cisplatin for metastatic cancer. Is this typical?

Yes: 5-fu + Cisplatin is a regimen for metastatic cancers ei: anal, biliary, head & neck, esophageal and gastric to name a few. Although they may be other preferred regimens for these cancers. The oncologist will decide what option would be best. ...Read more

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In how many cases is an orchiectomy needed to treat cancer?

In how many cases is an orchiectomy needed to treat cancer?

Orchiectomy is the: Curative choice in testis cancer, regardless of histology. It is quite effective as a palliative measure is advanced prostate cancer (disease alrady spread to bones and painful), but often refused by patients, and sometimes not mentioned by doctors. Anti-hormone pharmaceuticals do the same thing at much higher price. ...Read more

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What is the safest immunosuppressive medication for treating an autoimmune disorder that can be used for long periods?

What is the safest immunosuppressive medication for treating an autoimmune disorder that can be used for long periods?

All have side effect: All of our agents have potential risks and benefits with the benefit of putting your autoimmune disease in remission. Each disease has certain drugs that work best for the condition so ideally we would need to know the condition to comment. Some would consider low dose Prednisone 5 mg a day to not be so bad compared to the other immunosuppressive agents. ...Read more

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Is surgery or chemotherapy more effective for treating cancer?

Is surgery or chemotherapy more effective for treating cancer?

Yes: There are literally thousands of different types of cancer and even when the type's the same, how far it's gotten determines what's best. If it's spread, removing part of it won't be curative. If it's local and can be removed, go for it -- still the best option most of the time. Don't forget radiation. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more