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Can Chemo Therapy Causing Stroke Symptoms
Gemzar (gemcitabine) carbo chemotherapy can cause leg edema for how long it will last after treatment is finished?
Rare: It is not common, but if does it should resolve in few days after chemo I believe. ...Read more
A 3-year-old girl was diagnosed a lack of neutrophils (no leukemia). Injected chemotherapy-relate medicine (side effects). Ask for exact cause&treatment?
You MUST ask. Yes.: If you are this child's parents / immediate caregivers, you have not just a right but a duty to demand a full explanation. If you are friends with the family, you'll need to get information from them. ...Read more
Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos
It could: Dear Cesar: yes, CBD could help with anxiety although THC could also help with mild depressive symptoms. There are no clear guidelines here and you will have to try different mixes. There is a brand called care by design (CBD) that makes sprays with different percentages of CBD/THC. I usually recommend my patients to try both CBD and THC and see what works for them. All the best, Ariel. ...Read more
Can you tell me if people go through chemo therapy and know their hair is going to fall off, why don't they just shave their hair off and make a wig out of it?
Interesting idea: Many people do shave their hair and purchase a wig. However, a custom made wig from one's own hair may be quite expensive and it may be difficult to locate someone who could make the wig. ...Read more
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It feels like any othe rmedicines going through your vein. Chemo is not different than any other medcines that doctors use to treat a medical problem.
So there is little difference. It does not hurt and there are no immediate effects that you can feel. There is some risk of nausea but oncologists use premedication with antinausea medcines before giving chemo. Other that, there is no difference! ...Read more
Childhood cancers: May childhood cancers, especially leukemias, and Hodgkin disease are usually curable. ...Read more
Neuropathic effects: Are most common with vincristine. Patients can experience pain, numbness, tingling (aka paresthesias), difficulty with chewing/jaw pain, foot drop and discoordination. Gabapentin and physical therapy may help wth these. Also a neuropathic complication, constipation is a significant concern since hard stools predispose to serious bacterial infection. Liver toxicity can be an issue also. ...Read more
Sure: I don't think it is any more or less likely than having not been on chemo. ...Read more
Chemo--iv, injection, by mouth
Something else?: It depends, but one of the commonest causes of back pain after chemo is bone marrow stimulation if a medication like Neupogen or Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) has been used to prevent a drop in counts. Please check with your doctor if that is the cause and to make sure you do not need an xray, a bone scan or MRI to rule out something else as the cause of your back pain. ...Read more
Depends...: Skinny does not mean malnourished. Albumin levels are a good lab to determine how noursished a person is. If it is greater than 4, you're in a good spot. Less than 2 is not a good spot. The side effects of chemotherapy are the ones that take a toll on someone, but usually you have doctor's support in treating symptoms. Doctor will make decision with patient on ability to tolerate. ...Read more
You have 3...: ...choices, my friend: you can follow your doctor's advise and take the medicine, you can choose to do nothing, or you can consider a second opinion. It is your God given right to select one of the 3 but know that with each choice there are consequences. I believe that if a patient has doubts, a second opinion never hurts and I encourage my patients to do so if they feel they need it. ...Read more
Yes: Won't diminish effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
A better question...: A better question is, "What is the benefit compared to the risks? " That's because everything in life has risks as well as benefits. Thus, it is how one lives life, and NOT how long one lives, that matters. There is benefit of chemo if chemo improves how one lives. One can say there is no benefit if chemo does not improve how one lives. That's wiser than counting how many days chemo might add. ...Read more
I have heard and also seen on the internet that soursop is 10000 times more effective than chemo therapy, is this true?
Can t chemotherapy or other therapies buy not sct cure mds. If not why? I hear some people cured completely? Is that possible without sct? What rate?
SCT: I am sorry, but stem cell transplantation is the only one at this time that may cure mds. Hypomethylating agents (this is not chemo) can be used for mds- and it actually can increase survival and decrease the needs for blood transfusion. Since your CBC is stable- you do not need to be treated and only need to be monitored. Blood support and growth hormones as needed basis. Follow up with your md. ...Read more
No: There is a massive amount if evidence that these treatments work better than placebos. ...Read more
No, not at all!: This is one big misunderstanding. Chemotherapy is a medicine which can be taken by mouth or given as IV injection, just like other medicines. When administered carefully by an oncologist, it should not hurt. Occasionally it can cause phlebitis in the vein used for injection but that can be avoided by using IV catheters, a small plastic tube which then protects the vein and also can be reused. ...Read more
Yes: But make sure you wash your hands a lot and keep doggie from biting or scratching when playing. Make sure it stays clean and healthy. Also, I would avoid petting or playing with it if your white blood counts are very low. Dogs are fantastic companions, they live to please and to make you happy. Guess you can tell I'm a dog person. Nothin' like a good dawg! ...Read more
Hair growth change: After chemotherapy the hair root is injured and growth stops. The alteration in growth pattern after recovery is thought to be responsible for the change in appearance of the growth of the hair. It can have color and texture change as well. The scientific details are still not totally clear. ...Read more
Certain types of massage therapy works well for cancer pain. I would not recommend deep tissue massage, especially with the increased incidence of osteoporosis in cancer patients and the risk of pathologic fractures in advanced cancer patients.
Effluerage and craniosacral massage therapy are effective and safe modalities for cancer pain. ...Read more
Could my motor skills or handwriting specifically have been affected by the results of chemo therapy?
Maybe: Some chemotherapies can cause neuropathy or nerve damage which can impair fine motor skills. Some of the most common chemotherapy which can do this woud be docetaxel, paclitaxel, revlamid, thalidomide, cisplatin, vincristine, vinblastine. There are others though so it is best to discuss with your oncologist especially if your still on chemotherapy because the dosage may need to be decreased. ...Read more
Will having contact with someone who receives chemo therapy/radiation treatment make you feel nauseous?
No: Not related unless anxious about the situation. ...Read more
I had chemo therapy (many years ago), one of the side effects was that one of my big toenails stopped growing, did they diei permanently?
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