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Can alcohol stop Chemo Working ?

Can alcohol stop
Chemo
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See below.: While most chemo drugs are not directly affected by alcohol, certain chemo drugs such as procarbazine, etc may have increased toxicity when alcohol is used. Alcohol can also interfefere premedication, cause dehydration, and decrease liver function essential for drug metabilism and detox. Thus, I generally advise that alcohol be avoided during the chemo except small amount. ...Read more

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Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Yes and no: In general alcohol use is to be discouraged during chemotherapy because it is immune-suppressive. But on a special occasion, an occasional drink is permissible. Do verify with your oncologist and check with him/her before you take my word for it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while also getting chemotherapy?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while also getting chemotherapy?

On rare occasions: Occasionally patients have special occasions, such as weddings or graduations or other important thing. On a limited basis it is not harmful to most patients. In fact, in some parts of europe there is not a great restriction on alcohol consumption. Some chemo drug have different toxicity issues as a result in european studies. The best bet is to discuss the impact with your physician. ...Read more

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Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Yes!: Yes-- alcohol can cause life threatening side effects when combind with chemotherapy and other cancer treatements. Be sure and talk with your doctor to find out when it is safe to resume alcohol consumption, based on your overall health and the timing of your medications. ...Read more

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Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Ye and no: There is no absolute contraindication to some modest alcohol use, yet it is not advisable to drink alcohol if you have cancer being treated with chemotherapy unless you absolutely have to do it. So moderation is the best advice. But if i were you, i would not use alcohol with chemotherapy as it impairs the immune system which you need in order to fight your cancer. ...Read more

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Could I drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Could I drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Wouldn't recommend: it. Alcohol is a carcinogen, and whether it was involved in your cancer or not, you are far better off without it. In addition, it can alter the metabolism of a very large number of drugs, causing them to potentially have either toxic effects, or not work as well. Also, it reduces the ability to fight infection and impairs healing. I strongly urge no regular use of alcohol. Occ. 1 might be ok. ...Read more

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong.  Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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Can you die from chemo?

Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read more

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Could i go from chemo to life suport?

Could i go from chemo to life suport?

It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more

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How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

Not likely a problem: It has been used by some to decrease the metallic taste from some chemo agents on a very limited basis. There is minimal data thus far. Unlikely to interfere with chemo. ...Read more

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What happens to the chemo residue in cremated or buried humans?

What happens to the chemo residue in cremated or buried humans?

Very small amounts: Chemotherapy is very rapidly metabolized in the body after being given. Some have half lifes measured in minutes and other in hours to days. That means most chemotherapy is completely metabolized to inactive products with in hrs to days after administration. Any residual amounts are so small that they would be destroyed by the heat in cremation and would slowly become inert under burial conditions. ...Read more

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What is adjuvant chemo?

What is adjuvant chemo?

Adjuvant chemo: Adjuvant chemo is chemotherapy that is given after curative surgical resection of a cancer. It is given to reduce risk of recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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What is paliative chemo?

Extend/relieve: Mainly when chemotherapy is being recommended; it is for two purposes; either called curative when the goal is to achieve cure and then palliative; when the goal is mainly to improve quality of life by controlling the cancer in turn which is causing symptoms and hopefully to increase the period of time a person can live comfortably;. ...Read more

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Why is chemo used for ectopic?

Methotrexate: Methotrexate stops rapidly dividing cells by preventing utilization of folic acid. Is has been a known abortofascient drugas for years and will usually negate an ectopic pregancy. Woem who take mtx must wait 2 & 1/2 mo to rid their bodies of traces before retrying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Yes : Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia) , platelets (prevent bleeding ) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more

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Is methorexate a form of chemo?

Methotrexate: Yes. Methotrexate is an antimetabolite drug used as chemotherapy to treat some forms of cancer. It is also used in much smaller doses to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and more. It has been used to treat arthritis for over 30 years. All medications can have risks but with proper monitoring most people do very well on it. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of chemo?

Many possible: Boy, i need a lot more than 400 characters to answer that! side effects vary depending on the drug and of course, how the patient reacts to it. An oncologist will be able (and should) go in detail over the specific side effects of the drugs he/she is planning to use. Best to you. ...Read more