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Calculating Cumulative Doses Of Chemotherapy
My daughter keeps on missing her MTX dose bec her SGPT is shooting up everytime. What should I do? She has ALL, maintenace phase chemotherapy.
Talk to your doctor: You have to weigh the pros and cons. The best way to do this is to speak the oncologist. Ask them what other things you can do to help strengthen her liver so she won't react so much to it. ...Read more
Ask your oncologist: That's an interesting question. It would depend on the regimen you were on, so ask your oncologist at your next visit. He/she can describe dosage, complications, and general expectations. Good luck. ...Read more
She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?
As many as needed: There is no single answer, dose and duration depends type of chemo therapeutic agent and type of tumor. ...Read more
Ye and no: There is no absolute contraindication to some modest alcohol use, yet it is not advisable to drink alcohol if you have cancer being treated with chemotherapy unless you absolutely have to do it. So moderation is the best advice. But if I were you, I would not use alcohol with chemotherapy as it impairs the immune system which you need in order to fight your cancer. ...Read more
Wouldn't recommend: It. Alcohol is a carcinogen, and whether it was involved in your cancer or not, you are far better off without it. In addition, it can alter the metabolism of a very large number of drugs, causing them to potentially have either toxic effects, or not work as well. Also, it reduces the ability to fight infection and impairs healing. I strongly urge no regular use of alcohol. Occ. 1 might be ok. ...Read more
After high dose chemotherapy, is your marrow destroyed, so you would need a bone marrow transplant?
Not really like that: If the person needs high dose chemo to treat underlying acute leukemia or other kind of blood cancer for instance- the bone marrow transplant is aimed to cure the leukemia/blood cancer-not really to treat the destroyed marrow from chemo. Certain chemo however can cause myelodysplastic syndrome which later can transform into leukemia, and transplant-if possible- would be the treatment option. ...Read more
Drugs for cancer: Various drugs are using alone or in combination to treat cancer. Collectively, they are called chemotherapy and can be used as single agents or in combinations. Many times biologic agents such as antibodies are also grouped in this category because the are used to fight cancer as well. ...Read more
Nothing different th: Chemotherapy is use of drugs to treat cancer. Many of these drugs are quite similar to receiving other drugs like IV antibiotics. Chemotherapy does have some side effects which can be in the form of nausea or vomiting and sometimes hair loss. Blood counts tend to go down 1-2 weeks alter, so they need to be checked to make sure the white cell counts do not go down too low...This can cause infection. ...Read more
It can: Some chemotherapy can damage the stem cells and lead to a secondary cancer. Usually the benefits outweigh the risks. The risk is low, about 1-2%. Can rarely cause other problems as well, such as numbness, rare lung problems, heart problems. This should be discussed with you and your oncologist. Hope this helps ...Read more
Medicines: These are drugs and medications that are given by intravenous, intraarterial, or oral routes in most cases. The drugs are made by companies (pharmaceutical) who manufacture them from chemicals and molecules. ...Read more
One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues. The. ...Read more
Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more
While chemotherapy can help reduce the size of a a tumor and improve the interval of survival, it does have toxic activity on the body.
Adriamycin and its analogs have a certain degree of toxicity.
The platinum drugs can cause impairment in renal function.
The taxols (paclitaxel) produce peripheral neuropathy especially in the feet and many cause hair loss, nausea, vomiting and drop in WBC and hct.. ...Read more
Systemic therapy: Chemotherapy is a type of systemic therapy for cancer. Chemo can be given intravenously by IV or some chemo has oral formulations that can be taken by mouth. For certain cancers, like ovarian cancer, chemo can be given via intraperitoneal administration which is done through a surgically implanted catheter that allows passage of fluids into the abdomen of a woman. ...Read more
Killing fast movers: Traditional chemotherapy -- in general -- kills fast growing cells. Cancer cells are fast growing, so it attacks them. But, many other cells of our body are growing and dividing, like hair follicles and the linings from our mouth to our anus. Chemo kills these cells too; this explains hair loss, mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. ...Read more
Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more
Chemotherapeutic agents can and do have significant toxicities and can lead to death. So (1) see a reallly good oncologist and (2) reseach carefully what the outcomes are from the agents being used. This is a highly regulated area of medicine - much knowledge is out there.
The difficulty, at time, s is that the choices between alternate therapies is confusing.
See a good oncologist... ...Read more