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Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

YES: Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease that is typically treated initially with chemotherapy (usually with IV Cytoxan or cyclophosphamide). Once the disease is in remission, oral therapies are typically used in place of the IV chemotherapy. Steroids are also commonly used. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is a condition that consists of muscle pain and weakness, mainly at the thighs leading to difficulty standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Polymyositis ...Read more


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Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Depends on severity : Steroids are the mainstay of treatment but have short and long term side effects this must be weighed against how well the ttreatment controls the disease the " chemotherapy " is the second line drugs used to control the disease if steroids fail or become too toxic the most common drug is Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) that comes in an oral or IV form more nove, agents such as rituximabstill have used that do not hav. ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

YES: Yes, assuming you mean the large intestine (colon cancer). Small intestine cancer is very rare and yes chemotherapy has been used in this setting but we have limited data. Also it's important to note that not all bowel cancers require chemotherapy. The oncologist will help you decide on best option. ...Read more

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Which chemicals are used during chemotherapy to treat non-cancerous diseases?

Which chemicals are used during chemotherapy to treat non-cancerous diseases?

Supportive care Meds: Patients receiving chemotherapy do have other issues such as nausea/Vomiting and disease related symptoms which may include pain. The symptom control is an important part of pateint care. This requires other chemicals (medicines) such as anti-nausea medication, using one or more drugs including Dexamethasone a commonly used steroid(for a few days). Most patients need a second anti-nausea medicatio ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Yes: A few chemotherapy also have been used in different conditions other than cancer for instance- Methotrexate is given for rheumatological disease and other autoimmune problems, 6mp is given for colitis ( crohns disease, ulcerative colitis); Rituxan (rituximab) is given for some autoimmune condition. ...Read more

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What kind of chemotherapy is used to treat uterine cancer?

What kind of chemotherapy is used to treat uterine cancer?

Depends: This really depends on the stage (extent of disease) and histology (specific type) of the endometrial cancer. That having been said one of the more common chemotherapy regimens that is used for endometrial cancer patients is Carboplatin and taxol (paclitaxel). ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to treat advanced lymphoma other than chemotherapy?

Are there any other ways to treat advanced lymphoma other than chemotherapy?

It depends: Depending on the stage of the disease and type of lymphoma, radiotherapy is also used. You see there are HL and NHL. It will help to know the stage and the type of lymphoma ...Read more

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Please explain why people lose their hair when they are treated with chemotherapy?

Please explain why people lose their hair when they are treated with chemotherapy?

Chemo stops their gr: Chemo stops all cell growth. So any cells that are fast growing, which includes skin, nails and hair, they will stop growing. But this growth interference only lasts as long as chemotherapy is continuing. Once you stop taking chemotherapy, hair start growing in one month. They often recover fully in 3-4 months. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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