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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
OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more
Many possible: Some are more likely than others and they depend in part on the specific treatment and physical condition but, among others: low white cells causing infection, anemia, low platelets causing bleeding, heart, liver, or kidney problems, and others. Enough to write a book. Talk to your doc about what may specifically apply to you. Best to you. ...Read more
There are a few: Chemotherapy has side effects but they can be controlled with counter drugs. Side effects may come in the form of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, low blood counts which can lead to infections. So a close monitoring is required and antidotes to prevent these side effects are used as needed. ...Read more
Yes, that is correct: Chemo does not always benefit everyone. Some tumors are sensitive to chemo, others(of the same type) can be quite resistant. So we can not guarantee that chemo will prove useful without actually giving it a try. ...Read more
Chemo stops their gr: Chemo stops all cell growth. So any cells that are fast growing, which includes skin, nails and hair, they will stop growing. But this growth interference only lasts as long as chemotherapy is continuing. Once you stop taking chemotherapy, hair start growing in one month. They often recover fully in 3-4 months. ...Read more
Yes: All chemo drugs have side effects, some short term, some long term. Overall, the benefit significantly outweighs the risk, but some long term problems include the potential for heart damage, nerve damage or an increased risk of a second cancer. The risks are different with each of the drugs and should be explained by your doctor before starting treatment. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Of course it's your body and you can do whatever you want! but i would advise that you wait until after chemo and radiation to get a tattoo. Why? During treatment you have a higher risk for infection, skin dryness/peeling, and reacting to the ink. The bigger risk is probably chemo. If your radiation is aimed at a body part far away from your tattoo, it might be ok, but ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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