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Dr. Susan Rife
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Supportive Care (Overview)

Sometimes no specific treatment is available or needed. Thankfully, the human body has an amazing ability to heal and repair damage. We can support that by helping with good sleep, good nutrition, plenty of fluids, minimizing discomfort, etc. while the body does what it can to heal itself.


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Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Yes: The etiology (cause) of encephalitis will be paramount in the decision of what treatment to institute. If it is caused by infection, antibiotics will be administered. Autoimmune diseases will be treated accordingly (steroids for example). If it doesn't have an identifiable cause, then supportive treatment may be all that is done until one is identified. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rife
183 doctors shared insights

Supportive Care (Overview)

Sometimes no specific treatment is available or needed. Thankfully, the human body has an amazing ability to heal and repair damage. We can support that by helping with good sleep, good nutrition, plenty of fluids, minimizing discomfort, etc. while the body does what it can to heal itself.


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Could you please describe the typical meds that a cancer patient may be discharged with for supportive care therapy?

Could you please describe the typical meds that a cancer patient may be discharged with for supportive care therapy?

Combination drugs: Chemo given as neoadjuvant to shrink tumor in preparation for surgery or as adjuvant after having surgery and or radiation. They are given in combination such as CMF (Cytoxan, MTX, 5FU) or as FOLFOX in post surgery of colon cancer, or FOLFIERI in an attempt to control metastastic pancreatic cancer or now as Gemcitabine + Abranxane in metastsatic or post surgical management of pancreatic CA. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is empiric therapy, supportive therapy, palliative?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is empiric therapy, supportive therapy, palliative?

Multiple answers.: Empiric therapy is treatment given for a condition that generally works, but is not necessarily specific. I.E. antibiotics before cultures are back. Supportive therapy is given to improve condition just like oxygen for shortness of breath, but not necessarily medications.
Palliative therapy is therapy given for symptom management but not curative. ...Read more

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Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt the newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt the newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Common drugs for MDS include:1. Azacitidine (Vidaza) 2. Cytarabine (Cytosar-U) 3. Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) 4. Decitabine (Dacogen) 5. Idarubicin (Idamycin) 6. Lenalidomide (Revlimid). Overall, 30 to 40% of patients may benefit.
Gene manipulation of own stem cell has cured, patients with severe advanced leukemia, is the future. Pts.reported rapidly to iv infusion, was recently reported ...Read more

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On n off (when on alinia or flagyl) bloody diarrhea for 3 mons. Started when I was taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for tooth infection. Tested for c.diff and other things. All negative. What next? Lost 20 pou. Scared

On n off (when on alinia or flagyl) bloody diarrhea for 3 mons. Started when I was taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for tooth infection. Tested for c.diff and other things. All negative. What next? Lost 20 pou. Scared

See: See Dentist to assure Dental infection completely cured. Antibiotic will only temporarily prevent spread of infection. Infected tooth material has to be removed. See Internist/gastroenterologist for GI problems. Please call for appointments now. ...Read more

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Are sport bra's always supportive bras?

Actually they can: Vary ; some are not that supportive. ...Read more

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Could a more supportive bra help relieve my back pain?

Could a more supportive bra help relieve my back pain?

Yes: A supportive bra won't hurt and could definitely help. Other important things to try are pregnancy yoga, wearing flat comfortable shoes, and sleeping with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

Longer the better: Rest, ice, elevation when lying down and scrotal support is important to keep the scrotum from getting swollen. 2 weeks at a minimum, but 4 weeks would be even better. If the scrotum gets swollen it can take a long time for the hydrocele to feel better (like months) so pay your dues early. ...Read more

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Can some supportive words in psychotherapy reinforce one's psychopathology?

Can some supportive words in psychotherapy reinforce one's psychopathology?

It can, but depends: Therapists should rarely, if ever, purposefully use 'punishment.' they also cultivate supportive acceptance of clients. Sometimes that even includes very unusual topics. However, acceptance is not 'encouragement.' when pathological behavior presents itself, the therapist should accept it but avoid rewarding or punishing. If the client can take it, the therapist also points out the behavior. ...Read more

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My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

Sociopath: Pattern of disregard for, & violation of the rights of others. They cannot conform to social norms. They can be impulsive, deceitful, aggressive, irresponsible & lack remorse. ...Read more

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How do you know it's time to get a new pillow? I love my pillow but its staying to be warn down and non supportive any pillow type suggestions?

Test them: If you think its time -- its time. Go test a few and ask the mattress people about them. Check online for parameters to suit your needs. Going to feel better with a new one. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small headache (supportive) and I don't want to use medication for it. Are naps good for this? How long is perfect? I haven't napped since 8.

I have a small headache (supportive) and I don't want to use medication for it. Are naps good for this? How long is perfect? I haven't napped since 8.

Maybe: Headaches can benefit from several lifestyle modifications. Sufficient sleep is important and is often the only way some resolve their headache. Meals that are balanced and avoid bouts of hunger. Good hydration is important. Activity in the form of aerobic exercise encourages stress relief, which is another important factor. Finally, avoid those events/agents you know will trigger an event. ...Read more

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Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Supportive?: It sounds like ur already being very supportive. Until medical concerns r ruled out, don't dismiss them. It sounds like ur bf, if he does suffer from hypochondriasis, would benefit from treatment with a psychotherapist & psych MD. medications like SSRIs can be helpful. Psychotherapy to understand normal bodily sensations as such, & to decrease overall anx helps. Perhaps offer to go with him? ...Read more

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What is someone with depression supposed to do when family isn't supportive and makes it worse, is it best to have no contact,?

A Tough Situation: Suffering from depression is difficult enough, then your family is unsupportive. It's like kicking you when you are down. Unfortunately this scenario is not that uncommon. Usually ignorance or poor communication is the cause. Having a therapist could be helpful. He or she can help you cope with your families attitude and might even facilitate better communication between you and your family. ...Read more

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I think my anxiety is medically related? Too much production of cortisol? What test can I do? Always feel stressed. I have a very supportive family.

I think my anxiety is medically related? Too much production of cortisol? What test can I do? Always feel stressed. I have a very supportive family.

Cortisol excess: Would be a very unlikely cause of anxiety — more often psychological in etiology. It is easy, however, for your doctor to check your levels with simple blood test if you need reassurance. ...Read more