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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more


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Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...Read more

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With oligodendroglioma, after operation and radiotherapy.How long do patients live?

With oligodendroglioma, after operation and radiotherapy.How long do patients live?

Natural Hx: Is extended. If there is a deletion of portions of chromsome 1 and 19, chemotherapy may further improve odds. Individual survivl is never known, the median survival is 7 years. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. ...Read more

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Need some basic knlowledge about consolidations chemo treatments for aml npm1 after the first two chemo treaents in the hospital .?

Need some basic knlowledge about consolidations chemo treatments for aml npm1 after the first two chemo treaents in the hospital .?

Usually cytarabine: This mutation is associated with responsiveness to chemotherapy. The typical treatment for consolidation is Cytarabine in high dose. There other other types of consolidation programs. Your oncologist should discuss the options in detail. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read more

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How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

Early results good: Published results of intraoperative radiation therapy, iort, (targit-a trial) have found no difference as compared to traditional whole-breast radiation therapy in a subset of people at low risk for recurrence. While promising, we await long-term data before expanding this option to more people. To-date, my experience has been very favorable. ...Read more

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Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Different drugs. : Chemotherapy for a hematologic cancer such as AML differs in the drugs & regimens from an epithelial cancer like prostatic carcinoma. AML typically uses Cytarabine and an anthracycline on a specific schedule. In prostate cancer, docetaxel and cabazitaxel are frequently used drugs. Of note, chemotherapy is not as common a treatment for prostate cancer, where hormonal therapy is often used. ...Read more

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Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Very common: Depending on the cancer site and the stage, these are very frequently complementary and synergistic treatment methods. In select patients they are also combined with surgery. ...Read more

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What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

What follow ups are needed for colon cancer patients after treatment?

See your doctor: Have regular follow up with your family doctor and oncologist. Blood tests and yearly colonoscopy may be recommended. Sometimes ct scan is used if indicated. Please follow your doctor's recommendations, who will help direct you to the best tests for your specific condition. ...Read more

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Why is methylnaltrexone only used for very sick palliative care patients? There are some very constipated post op patients

Why is methylnaltrexone only used for very sick palliative care patients? There are some very constipated post op patients

Limited studies: The best studies for effectiveness for methylnatrexone is for patients with opioid-induced constipation (it works on the same receptors as opioids like morphine). As many sick palliative care patients require opioids this is typically the group that would benefit if standard laxatives (many which are over the counter) do not work. Postop patients constipation or ileus may not be due to opioids. ...Read more

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Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Several useful drugs: You should be consulting your oncologist to explain what your cancer means in terms of its prognosis and what options of treatment he/she offers you. We have 4- chemo drugs that can be used. The one commonly used is Cisplatin often in combination with either 5-FU or Capecitabine(Xeloda). But there are several variations of chemo which have been tested and found useful. ...Read more

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Does chemotherpay only work on some patients with colon cancer ?

Does chemo work: Chemo refers to a multitude of drugs. Just like any drug or medicine we take everyone will react differently to that drug. I know some people who are so sensitive they fall asleep with an aspirin. Cancer cells are unique to each patient and are really just a part of you that are growing out of control. For some pts chemo will work, while for others it may have no effect. ...Read more

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Will marijuana treat nausea in chemo and HIV patients?

Will marijuana treat nausea in chemo and HIV patients?

Yes, BUT: Marijuana can decrease nausea and increase appetite. However, it has estrogen-like effects which makes it unsafe for women with estrogen-sensitive cancer. It is also illegal in most states. Marinol is a prescription medication containing the active compounds in marijuana. ...Read more

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Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer . Chemo not working well . We are uk Based , can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure ?

Yes: Germany can offer TACE ( transarterial chemo-emboliation. While relatively effective one may also use radiolabelled microspheres to replace the chemo portion of the treatment. One has to consider hyperthermic chemo perfusion of the peritoneal cavity since TACE will not effect peritoneal mets. If all fail, protocol available in US for Neo-102 mAb to treat recurrent colon failing other procedur ...Read more

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Is Sutent an alternative for liver cancer patients who cannot tolerate Nexavar?

Is Sutent an alternative for liver cancer patients who cannot tolerate Nexavar?

Liver Cancer: This drug is not approved in USA. for liver cancer You should check with MD in Saudi arabia ...Read more

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How well Does chemotherpay oxyplatin and raltitrexed work for met colon cancer ?

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Does chemotherpay oxyplatin and raltitrexed work for met colon cancer ?

Modestly well: Your doctor can address this question better as I do not have details of your tumor sites and bulk of metastases. In general, chemo for metastatic Colon cancer is palliative which means it can be treated and kept under check for months/years but often not curable unless the tumor is amenable to surgical excision following a partial tumor regression with chemotherapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is maxalon a good choice for cancer patients with chemo?

Is  maxalon a good choice for cancer patients with chemo?

Helpful: Maxalon (aka reglan) increases the rate of emptying of the stomach. It can be useful in helping decrease nausea and/or vomiting due to chemotherapy. Other anti-nausea medications include compazine, (prochlorperazine) decadron, kytril, zofran as well as others. ...Read more

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Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

It depends on the ty: It depnds on the type of cancer and the type of chemotherapy which is typically dependent on the cancer type. Most of the patients have no immediate problem taking chemotherapy as long as they are up and around and not in any acurte distress and eating near normal. ...Read more

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My patient was given eox chemo with 3rd cycle of tab capicite. Can he now be given adjuvant chemo ?

Direct: Plez forgive my being direct, but that is a very technical question to be taken up with an experienced oncologist. Hrs, md. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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Oxyplatin n raltitrexed started first round . Cea was 65 and now 78 3 weeks after the chemo ?Mcrc patients. What this mean ?

Oxyplatin n raltitrexed started first round . Cea was 65 and now 78 3 weeks after the chemo ?Mcrc patients. What this mean ?

CEA is a tumor marke: CEA is commonly used as a tumor marker(to monitor the Changes if a cancerous tumor. But it has certain limitations, the major one being that it does not help or guide us correctly unless it is measured serially on 3-4 different occasions, about one month apart. So before you can draw any conclusions, get at least 1 or 2 more CEA tests over the next 2 months( during 2 cycles of chemotherapy ).. ...Read more

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What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

It depends: The patient's general situation and other issues play a major role in what can be eaten. If a patient has lost a great deal of weight do to the cancer, treatment or surgery, a low volume, high calorie diet might be best. If the chemotherapy has caused taste changes, it may be difficult to find foods that are ok. Some surgeries may change what can be eaten. Talk to the oncologist and nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can leukaemia patients need chemo compulsory? If they are in first stage?

Yes: Anyone who tells you that leukemia can be treated effectively without chemotherapy is simply lying. I'm sorry there are people like this in the world. If someone close to you is affected, or you yourself, I hope you get a good outcome. ...Read more

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What would be some reasons that a all leukemia patient could not use chemo?

What would be some reasons that a all leukemia patient could not use chemo?

ALL... also known as: ... Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is a rapidly progressive disease warrants aggressive therapy. Like all leukemias, it spreads throughout the blood and marrow and thus requires system-wide chemotherapy; not localized therapy like surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy can cure or prolong the life of many partients, but may not be feasible in patients who are very old or ill from other medical issues. ...Read more

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What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

Md consult: Your doctor would decide medication for you- if you have chemo i would not worry about addiction issues. The latest pain patch i'n market is butrens and there are lots of combination pills with opioid and a blocker. ...Read more

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At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

It is not just: A numbers game. One has to take the entire clinical picture with infectious, disease related, and overall condition to make a plan. To treat with low WBC and active infection would be extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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Is maxalon a good choice for cancer patients with chemo?

Helpful: Maxalon (aka reglan) increases the rate of emptying of the stomach. It can be useful in helping decrease nausea and/or vomiting due to chemotherapy. Other anti-nausea medications include compazine, (prochlorperazine) decadron, kytril, zofran as well as others. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have baby now with his sperm?This patient had diagnose leukemia on sept2012 and finished chemo on march2013

Is it possible to have baby now with his sperm?This patient had diagnose leukemia on sept2012 and finished chemo on march2013

Possibly.: Chemotherapy does reduce sperm counts so conception might take longer, and some chemo drugs have higher chance of causing infertility, but post-chemo fatherhood is not impossible. ...Read more

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21yr aml patient in 4 yr CR . treated with chemo. what is the percentage chance that my aml wiil relapse?? when can in consider myself cured??

21yr aml patient in 4 yr CR . treated with chemo. what is the percentage chance that my aml wiil relapse?? when can in consider myself cured??

Complex: Yes you're looking we can be cured her we need to have specific diagnosis and treatment questions to your Oncology doctor ...Read more

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Do most cancer patients who receive chemotherapy have a port installed into their chest? I know this is a way to deliver chemo drugs into body.

Do most cancer patients who receive chemotherapy have a port installed into their chest?  I know this is a way to deliver chemo drugs into body.

Yes for Venous Acces: Most chemo is given via the veins of your arms but it can cause quite a bit of burning pain. Moreover the veins tend to close down(thrombosed) ,so you would soon run out of the veins of your arms.
In order to avoid this problem oncologists like to use a long catheter(PICC line) or insert a Port(which is a surgical procedure).So there are 3 ways to access the veins...your oncologist should explain. ...Read more

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Patient after whipple with histo report .All lymph nodes neg. But angiolymphatic invasion present and ptnm stage-pt2n0. Is chemo.Neded.Wt abt lfespn?

Yes: Based in the clinical trial published in jama the journal of the american medical association in 2007. Gemcitabine given for 6 months prolongs the time to recurrence. Here is a link to the abstract to the article. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/17227978/ hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs .. ...Read more

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Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival
With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

We can not guess: We can not tell you what the approx. survival as we do not have all the information to make a comment on the approx. survival You should discuss with your treating Oncologist There are second and third line treatments as well which may change the course ...Read more