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What are some words of wisdom for a patient about to endure an "alkylating agent" chemotherapy drug?

What are some words of wisdom for a patient about to endure an "alkylating agent" chemotherapy drug?

For any chemo:: Know about the potential side effects but do not expect to have them. Keep a log of symptoms without getting obsessed by it. Be honest with yourself and your doc regarding side effects. If a chemo is damaging your quality of life significantly, you need to say it. Your doc can't know if you don't tell. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Carmustine (Definition)

Carmustine is a combination agent for pain which is a ...Read more


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Is carmustine a carcinogen?

Is carmustine  a carcinogen?

It is a: Nitrosourea chemotherapeutic, a "bifunctional alkylating agent" rarely used except in bone marow transplants. All alkylators are carcino-and leukemo-genic in long term survivors, but disease occur in few due to repair of their damage. ...Read more

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What are the side effests of carmustine?

What are the side effests of carmustine?

Many: Side effects of Carmustine include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, mouth sores and bone marrow suppression. The suppression of the bone marrow leads to a low white blood cell count and an increased risk of infection. ...Read more

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Is carmustine a carcinogenic?

Is carmustine a carcinogenic?

It is a: Nitrosourea chemotherapeutic, a "bifunctional alkylating agent" rarely used except in bone marow transplants. All alkylators are carcino-and leukemo-genic in long term survivors, but disease occur in few due to repair of their damage. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of carmustine, dacarbazine and cisplastin?

What are the side effects of carmustine, dacarbazine and cisplastin?

Many: Side effects of these drugs include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, mouth sores and bone marrow suppression. The suppression of the bone marrow leads to a low white blood cell count and an increased risk of infection. There can also be kidney damage and damage to the nerves in the fingers and toes called peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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What is the maximum number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) implanted in the cavity created by the neurosurgeon?

What is the maximum number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) implanted in the cavity created by the neurosurgeon?

Gliadel wafers (carmustine): The number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) is based on the size of the cavity after tumor section. One to two would be typical but in larger tumors more might be added. ...Read more

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Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?

Newer treatment: In treatment of Cancer, newer drugs come along and are then compared to the standard(old/conventional treatments). If the new treatment if better(more effective or less toxic) then the new drug takes over and the older drugs put on the back burner. That is what has happened in this instance. This is what has happened in the treatment of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are some good numbing agents?

For what?: What hurts, where? How long? Please ask again and clarify! There's a 150 character limit for your question, inc. spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a biologic agents, and are biologic agents affordable>?

What are the side effects of a biologic agents, and are biologic agents affordable>?

Expensive: Biological agents are very expensive and if you have insurance, likely you will need prior authorization to get the medication. Those drugs are known for several and serious side effects, especially for compromising the immune system, but when indicated, those are wonderful drugs that will help the patient regain quality of life by controlling the severity of the disease. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Bcnu (Definition)

BCNU is an aklylating agent which is a ...Read more


Aklylating Agent (Definition)

Chemotherapy-aklylating agents are a ...Read more