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Dr. Foead Geula
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Steroids (Definition)

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Want to stay on herceptin (trastuzumab) and switch from Taxol to gemzar. What is the difference?

Want to stay on herceptin (trastuzumab) and switch from Taxol to gemzar.  What is the difference?

Less neuropathy: Unlike taxol, (paclitaxel) gemcitabine does not cause neuropathy. It can cause low platelets. It can also cause fluid retention. Also it is usually given 2 weeks on and 1 week off. Unlike Taxol (paclitaxel) which typically is given weekly. That is about it in regards to the difference. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): "Gemzar is used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung, ovary, and breast. See: http://www.drugs.com/gemzar.html ...Read more

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Who should not take Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): "Gemcitabine is contraindicated in those patients with a known hypersensitivity to the drug." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a625c92b-c569-4b98-8d2e-2b3f5e12b34f ...Read more

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Gemzar (gemcitabine). What is likelihood of side effects?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): Is a chemotherapy (anti-cancer) drug. Can cause bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, hair loss, itching, swelling of hands & feet, vomiting. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/gemcitabine-side-effects.html

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Does the chemo drug gemzar (gemcitabine) raise blood sugar in a diabetic?

Not known as such: Anything is possible, but this is not a common known side effect of gemzar/gemcitabine which has many side effects. You are taking this med, likely that you are on something else as well which may be the cause.
Also, when ill, sugar levels tend to rise as well.
Best is to consult your doc...
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What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol? I have three stage 4 cancers.

What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol?  I have three stage 4 cancers.

Side effects vary: Gemzar (gemcitabine) is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy. ...Read more

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How effective is gemcitabine (Gemzar) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is gemcitabine (Gemzar) for treating lung cancer?

Mildly: Gemzar (gemcitabine), (gemcitabine) a form of chemotherapy can be used in non resectable lung cancer. It usually follows a couse of standard chemo such as Platinum/Taxol. When used in pancreatic Ca it is given with Abraxane, a form of Taxol which enhances Gemzar (gemcitabine) by a few weeks. After tumors respond to chemo which affects the tumor DNA, stem cells resistant to chemo reappear. Better results are now seen with anti PD-1. ...Read more

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Taking gemzar chemo, suffering from dry mouth, is there anything I can do to ease this process?

Gemzar: Did you talk to your oncologist about this? They should have a solution for you. ...Read more

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Follow-up question, while taking the Gemzar and Zometa,experiencing mouth sores,makes my mouth incredibly dry. Is there anything I can do to ease this?

Follow-up question, while taking the Gemzar and Zometa,experiencing mouth sores,makes my mouth incredibly dry. Is there anything I can do to ease this?

Yeah they do this: It is a reason to get the dosage adjusted. Soemtimes acyclovir is helpful, sometimes regular skin medicines like neosporin may be helpful. Mostly over the counter anti-fungal medicines. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: You need to speak to the oncologist (P) involved with the care of the patient. There are 4 different types of bladder cancer and the treatment the patient is currently on may be the best and/or only choice. Speak to the O caring for the patient for information as to why the O chose those drugs, as the O knows the patient the best and can give you a meaningful response. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm taking Gemzar and Zometa chemotherapy. Started developing mouth sores, and numbness on my face, what can I do to ease this?

Inform your Doctor: The treating oncologist generally likes to be informed of the side effects or adverse effects of chemotherapy. With knowledge of your condition and possibly additional medical problems, they are best equipped to treat them as well. ...Read more

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In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more

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Ov cancer spread to lymph nodes. Paclitaxel, avastin, (bevacizumab) doxil, gemzar, topotecan have failed. Is it all down hill from here? Is this the end?

Ov cancer spread to lymph nodes. Paclitaxel, avastin, (bevacizumab) doxil, gemzar, topotecan have failed. Is it all down hill from here? Is this the end?

Not yet: Ovarian cancer can best be managed by minimal tumor burden an then intraperitoneal chemotherapy. If there is a well defined chain of nodes such as the iliac nodes, I do a pelvic node dissection. L if the tumor burden represents additional multiple nodules along the surface of the bowel, they must be reduced to smaller than 1cm. In diameter. In addition it is essential that the omentum is out.Ea. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: The success of gemcitabine (or other chemotherapy) depends on several factors. Where the cancer is, what prior treatments have been administered, and if anything in addition to gemcitabine is being administered. Gemcitabine is effective in about 1/3 of patients treated if it is the first drug administered for metastatic breast cancer. These chances decline if it is the 2nd, 3rd or later treatment. ...Read more

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My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?

My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?

Probably not: Your question implied that she developed liver metastasis while on gemzar (gemcitabine). If so, it is not llikely that continuing Gemzar (gemcitabine) alone will be helpful. She should speak with her oncologist about newer and more promising chemotherapy regimens such as adding nab-paclitaxel or trying folfirinox. Recent studies have shown encouraging results! ...Read more

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Stage 4 breast cancer, taking gemzar & zometa, gained 8 pounds. Really healthy appetite cuz of vitamin is there a such thing as too much weight gain?

Stage 4 breast cancer, taking gemzar & zometa, gained 8 pounds. Really healthy appetite cuz of vitamin is there a such thing as too much weight gain?

Yes: You need to keep a chart which can show how much is your BMI is it will tell you where you should be on your weight scale ...Read more

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Stage 4 breast cancer. Taking gemzar and zometa. Getting mouth sore, what can I do to ease these?

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Stage 4 breast cancer. Taking gemzar and zometa. Getting mouth sore, what can I do to ease these?

Mucositis ?: Get your doctor to look at your mouth for assessment. This could be mucositis, ulcers or thrush, or others. You need to really know the cause for the mouth sore in order to treat it. For mild mucositis, you may use baking soda to rinse your mouth. For severe mucositis or ulcers, magic mouthwash may be helpful. Antibiotics could be used for thrush. ...Read more

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Stage 4 breast cancer, taking gemzar & zometa,making my mouth extremely dry & causing mouth sores, has me drinking lot of fluids, how can I control it?

Stage 4 breast cancer, taking gemzar & zometa,making my mouth extremely dry & causing mouth sores, has me drinking lot of fluids, how can I control it?

From dental: From dental standpoint: keep your mouth as clean as possible with brushing and flossing. Avoid acidic and spicy foods. Go often to dentist for periodic evaluation and recommendations. Try "Biotene" products to keep your mouth moist. Drink lots of fluids especially water to stay hydrated. ...Read more

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Are steroid injections which are given to mature babies lungs. Harmful to unborn?

Are steroid injections which are given to mature babies lungs. Harmful to unborn?

No: The steroid used is specific to stabilizing membranes & improving lung production of surfactant. It mimics what happens naturally when if mom develops high blood pressure & natural stress steroids speed lung maturity.It is only given at specific gestation's where research shows it will help. No long term negatives are seen for baby. ...Read more

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How long does the epidural steroid injection take to start working when given for epditimitis?

How long does the epidural steroid injection take to start working when given for epditimitis?

7-10 days: For the effects of the steroid medication to take effect and it may be up to 7-10 days before the maximum benefits are achieved. Very often more than 1 injection is necessary to achieve a good level of pain relief and healing. ...Read more

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I have consulted a dermatologist and he has given me a steroid composition, but is it safe to use it for a prolonged time?

I have consulted a dermatologist and he has given me a steroid composition, but is it safe to use it for a prolonged time?

Probably not: Consistent long-term steroid use on the skin is harmful. That being said, your dermatologist is well aware of the risks, can explain them to you in more detail if you wish, & has a plan in mind to fit your condition that in most cases would not require using the steroid cream long-term. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I fear i was given steroids to put on weight; it has resulted in me putting on weight. Will the effect of steroids wear off?

Yes: Steroid can cause increase in water retention and an increase in appetite. When you stop the steroids your appetite should return to normal fairly quickely. You will then need to exercise to lose the weight gained. ...Read more

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