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Are People With Chemotherapy At More Risk For Complications With Tapeworms
Shouldn't be: This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its the reverse: Cachexia is a sign of either nutritional deficiency or severe chronic underlying disease which releases inflammatory compounds that cause loss of muscle tissue and body mass. A large number of diseases do this, like cancer and advanced heart disease. This condition will lower the ability to fight infection and increase the risk of all infections including pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: People with autism have a higher risk of several types of health problems such as seizures, gastrointestinal problems and adhd. The communication difficulties in autism can also make it difficult for medical professionals to detect other problems such as heart burn or constipation. Many healthcare professionals receive limited training in autism. ...Read more
Yes!: If you have a mutation in the brca gene, you are at higher risk of getting a first cancer, and of having recurrence of a prior treated cancer. The brca gene helps cells repair themselves when they get damanged. Cells in people with a mutated brca gene can't repair themselves, so they are more likely to become cancerous. I keep a very close eye on my cancer patients with brca mutations! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the consequences for patients with brain cancer when they are treated with chemotherapy?
Few: Unfortunately few medications cross the blood brain barrier, so brain tumors are predominately treated with surgery and radiation therapy. The chemotheraputic agents we do use, temodar, (temozolomide) avastin, and the nitrosoureas typically are well tolerated and don't cause long term toxicity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every woman.: Considering the fact that 1 in 8 us women will get breast ca in their lifetime, no woman should think they are immune. Certainly, women with first-degree relatives with breast ca may be at increased risk. Breast ca is also associated with women who have had elevated unopposed estrogen levels, ie, early menarche, late menopause, no prior children, long history of birth control pills/hormone rep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: In a study 105 women had a total of 247 pregnancies, resulting in 182 live births.Cesarean section rate(36%) was greater than the general population.Did not show previously reported increased preeclampsia, preterm delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, pregnancy-induced hypertension, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion/perinatal mortality.60% showed new neurofibromas and 52% enlargement of nfs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increased risk: Dialysis patients are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis b due to the fact that the virus can survive on environmental surfaces. Patients with hep b that are dialyzed on the same machine that people without hep b can cause this but this is not commonly done any more because of the increased risk. ...Read more
Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more
NO: Bcg is a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus used as a vaccine against tuberculosis. Its used in treatment of superficial bladder cancer since late 1980s. Instillation of bcg into the bladder is an effective form of immunotherapy in this disease. While the mechanism is unclear, it appears a local immune reaction is mounted against the tumor. Its not contagious. ...Read more
Why are long-term trached and vented patients with a neuromuscular disease who are otherwise healthy more prone to acquiring pneumonia? Thank you:)
Several reasons: There are a couple of reasons. First the trach itself is a foreign body and gets colonized with bacteria, ( that is bacteria grow on and around it) some of these bacteria can make their way into the lung. People with nmd may have a worse cough and are less mobile than others this makes clearing secretions from the lungs more difficult, as the secretions may contain bacteria, infection results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Unless the ovaries or testes were in the radiation port, which is unlikely, these people do as well as anyone else. I reviewed the subject a few years ago, and survivors of wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, and childhood brain tumors all seem to be able to be moms and dads to healthy babies. Congratulations on your survival and your wish to share life with others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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