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Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms. Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Can chemotherapy cause a stroke?

Yes (but most don't): While cancer is a hypercoagulable state and can increase your risk for stroke, I know of one chemotherapy agent (there may be more, but it is quite uncommon) that can cause stroke. Asparaginase, used to treat certain leukemias, can cause strokes.

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Dr. Binu Nair Dr. Nair
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) School of Medicine
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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ariel Lopez-chavez Dr. Lopez-chavez
Internal Medicine - Oncology
15 years in practice
National Autonomous University of Mexico Faculty of Medicine
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Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos

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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What does chemo therapy feel like when you are going through it?

LIke you are receivi: 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!

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Has chemo therapy alone ever cured any cancer at all?

Has chemo therapy alone ever cured any cancer at all?

Childhood cancers: May childhood cancers, especially leukemias, and Hodgkin disease are usually curable.

Dr. Michael Engel Dr. Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
16 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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How can the chemo therapy drug vincristine be harmful?

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.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

Immune suppression: The same drugs are used to treat some autoimmune disorders, like SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and treatment of organ rejection after transplants.

Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Can you have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Sure: I don't think it is any more or less likely than having not been on chemo.

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Dr. Allan Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Internal Medicine
52 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh Dr. Kittaneh
Addiction Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is it normal to have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Is it normal to have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

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.

Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry Dr. Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Doctors, what are the odds of a skinny person surviving chemo therapy?

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.

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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What to do if I have multi. Myealoma cancer am advised to take chemo therapy?

What to do if I have multi. Myealoma cancer am advised to take chemo therapy?

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.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What is benefit of chemo therapy when it pretty much never ever cures a cancer in adults?

What is benefit of chemo therapy when it pretty much never ever cures a cancer in adults?

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.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I have heard and also seen on the internet that soursop is 10000 times more effective than chemo therapy, is this true?

Not true.: It is much more yummy, but not effective against cancer. Unfortunately it is not illegal to advertise things like that on the internet. It is unethical but that never stopped those who would take your money.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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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?

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.