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Doctor insights on: About Shaolin Kung Fu

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Would taking kung fu lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Yes: There are many forms of martial arts that could improve your self- esteem & your ability to defend yourself. ...Read more

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For what cancers does chemotherapy with cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) 5-fu help?

For what cancers does chemotherapy with cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) 5-fu help?

Not a standard treat: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) and 5-fu jused to be used as first line chemo for breast cancer, but there are much more effacious drugs available now. I would not use these drugs now as first line treatment fofr anything except in special circumstances. ...Read more

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Would "4 life factor plus" or max international's products do any good on a 59 year old cancer patient? He's on chemo with eloxatin (oxaliplatin) and capecitabina.

Would "4 life factor plus" or max international's products do any good on a 59 year old cancer patient? He's on chemo with eloxatin (oxaliplatin) and capecitabina.

SORRY (:-( - NO: Unfortunately no. "tranfer factor" is one of the current fads, just see who is selling these products, literally your neighbors or friends. From what i can gather this person has colon cancer. These two chemotherapy agents are appropriate in this setting. Stick to what we know works. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandma takes 3000 mg of chemotherapy pill named xeloda (capecitabine).?

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What do you suggest if my grandma takes 3000 mg of chemotherapy pill named xeloda (capecitabine).?

Xeloda(capecitabine): Sorry to hear about her diagnosis. Check out http://www.drugs.com/dosage/xeloda.html for more info. Xeloda (capecitabine) is intended for use in colon & breast cancer. 3,000mg is pretty standard dose. Best to discuss your concerns w/your grandma and her oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

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Yes, absolutely: 5fu (fluorouracil) based chemotherapy is the standard chemotherapy in colon cancer. Combination of 5-FU and oxaliplatin is widely used and a standard regiment of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. A big randoomized clinical trial in colon cancer ( mosaic study) has demonstrated the overall survival benefit of using combination of 5fu (fluorouracil)/oxaliplatin in stage iii colon cancer and limited case of stage ii disease. ...Read more

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I was thinking about skin lightening treatments and heard about glutathione injections. Are glutathione injections safe?

I was thinking about skin lightening treatments and heard about glutathione injections. Are glutathione injections safe?

Don't do it!: Glutathione is not approved by the fda for skin lightening, can cause severe toxic skin reactions & even death. Better to consult with a certified dermatologist for safer options for lightening your skin. ...Read more

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Last 3 remicade infusion-reactions. Nurse told me about salumedrol but Dr.never mentioned it-Why? Take benadryl (diphenhydramine) now.remicade for Psa.

Last 3 remicade infusion-reactions. Nurse told me about salumedrol but Dr.never mentioned it-Why? Take benadryl (diphenhydramine) now.remicade for Psa.

Remicade (infliximab) infusion: reactions. You may want to discuss with your doctor his/her logic of not giving pre medications for possible infusion reactions. Some doctors wouldn't, so as not to mask initial signs of a more severe reaction that might ensue, at times simple reactions can be dealt with using antihistamines. Another reason for not using steroids with remicade, (infliximab) is not to suppress immunity further. Best wishes ...Read more

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Are kenalog (triamcinolone) injections effective on old keloids? What about cimeosil?

Are kenalog (triamcinolone) injections effective on old keloids? What about cimeosil?

Yep: Scars are living tissue, and they need to be maintained. Kenalog (triamcinolone) can help reduce even mature scars, if it can tip the balance of collagen formation more toward removal and away from building up. Topical silicone sheeting can also work on mature scars. Topical gels have been studied on new scars, but not as much on mature scars. ...Read more

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My grandma takes 3000 mg of chemotherapy pill named xeloda (capecitabine). What does it do?

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My grandma takes 3000 mg of chemotherapy pill named xeloda (capecitabine). What does it do?

Breast/colon cancer: Xeloda (capecitabine) (www.xeloda.com) is used to treat both breast and colon cancers. Check out http://www.drugs.com/xeloda.html for more info. Consider having a family member accompany her to each of her appointments. A second pair of ears is always helpful. Be sure to bring all medications (from all doctors) + over-the-counter stuff to each visit. ...Read more

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Tell me about intron a (interferon alfa 2b) cancer related immune agent?

Tell me about intron a (interferon alfa 2b) cancer related immune agent?

Interferon: Intron a (interferon alfa 2b) is the trade name for interferon alpha. Not used as much as in the past, but still can be used for high risk melanoma, rarely for some myeloproliferative neoplasia situations and renal cell cancers. Most common use is in hepatitis c. Interferon is a natural substance made by lymphoid cells in response to viral and other illnesses. ...Read more

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I've read in healthtap about tecfidera, gilenya (fingolimod) and tisabry MS treatments. What's your opinion about interferon treatment (using rebif 44mg)?

I've read in healthtap about tecfidera, gilenya (fingolimod) and tisabry MS treatments. What's your opinion about interferon treatment (using rebif 44mg)?

Not first choice: Look, we are in a new age of treatment, and need to acknowledge that the older injectables were great to use, but the drugs you listed are far more effective, and avoid needles (except tysabri, (natalizumab) one infusion monthly) yet, risks are present with all three, and in comparison with rebif, absence of long-term safety data. If you are doing well, could stay on current med, but change if MRI is active. ...Read more

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Please tell me about rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Please tell me about rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Used for lymphoma: Rituxan (rituximab) was one of the first monoclonals to be used to treat lymphoma having failed chemo. Rituxan (rituximab) which is a mAb targeting CD20, a marker on lymphomas and normal WBC induces ADCC tumor kill on all cells with the markers. Patients manage since the normal WBC's are regenerated in the marrow from precursor cells so count remains normal. Marked improvement in survival of lymphoma now seen. ...Read more

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My 63 yr old mom w/ colon cancer, stge 4, is on folfox. Multiple chemo's have failed to shrink or slow down the cancer. Is folfox better/any other?

My 63 yr old mom w/ colon cancer, stge 4, is on folfox.  Multiple chemo's have failed to shrink or slow down the cancer.  Is folfox better/any other?

Avastin (bevacizumab): Folfox or folfiri seem to be the best agents for advance colorectal cancer. In some patients the addition of Avastin (bevacizumab) can be added in some patients. I would expect her oncologist has discussed these options. ...Read more

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Stationed in korea and korean doctors prescribed me d-rol, himetin, orpheryl c, traumeel. They did not speak fluent english. What am i taking?

Stationed in korea and korean doctors prescribed me d-rol, himetin, orpheryl c, traumeel. They did not speak fluent english. What am i taking?

Mix of meds: A search reveals these to be a mixture of dietary supplements, antacids and pain relievers.They apear to be harmless, but any agent strong enough to do good can have side effects. Consultation with your units medical department might be a better choice for care. ...Read more

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Any one have knowledge about rituxan (rituximab) for ra?

Any one have knowledge about rituxan (rituximab) for ra?

Approved for RA: Rituximab (rituxan) is approved for rheumatoid arthritis but only for patients who have failed at least one tnf (tumor necrosis factor) agent. It is used along with methotrexate. Talk with your rheumatologist about whether this is appropriate therapy for you. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer?

What do you suggest if my doctor wants to use biological therapy instead of chemotherapy for my slow growing thymoma cancer?

Reasonable: Chemotherapy is the primary recommended systemic treatment for thymic carcinoma, but other agents have been studied. Per the guidelines, biologic therapy octreotide is a second line agent. Many other biologic therapies have been studied.There are many reasons to not use chemo in any patient. Ultimately, discuss the pros/cons with your doctor. A second opinion can be helpful if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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What is maintenance chemo? I am currently taking chemo for lung cancer. My doctor is talking about maintenance chemo after next treatment.

What is maintenance chemo? I am currently taking chemo for lung cancer. My doctor is talking about maintenance chemo after next treatment.

Continued chemo: The term maintenance chemotherapy refers to chemotherapy given for an extended period of time (usually at a lower dose) after initial standard treatment in an effort to prevent recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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Anyone here given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for gyno patient?

Anyone here given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for gyno patient?

Yes: 5-fu is a type of chemotherapy. It can be given by iv, or in certain cases as a cream that the patient inserts into the vagina with an applicator. I'm not sure why it has been recommended to you, but it has side effects you should understand. Ask your doctor for more information. Good luck! ...Read more