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Dr. Gregg Albers
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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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... Good luck.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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