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Can Chemotherapy Be Used To Treat Polymyositis Successfully
Polymyositis is inflammation of the muscles. It is considered an autoimmune disease and which ones on inflammatory cells targeted their activity against muscle cells. This may be associated with fatigue and muscle weakness. There are several treatment options routinely use by a rheumatologists. I'm happy to do ...Read more
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
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
Yes: The choice of drug would be determined by tumor type. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He was diagnosed for ALL and is on chemotherapy. Now he is having HLH. How can this be treated and is it curable?
Rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. First to confirm that this indeed is the right diagnosis, and second, to evaluate the needs for medicines. Immunosuppressives are used to control disease activity. ...Read more
MTX & ROIDS: Typically a combination therapy with steroids in the form of Prednisone and a drug call Methotrexate is usually started at the same time. A decrease in the CPK is usually see within a month and typically muscle strength will improve within three months after this therapy is started. There is no cure for polymyositis but with this combination therapy the majority people can regain normal function. ...Read more
D/w oncologist: Some cancer therapy can cause acneiform rash on skin-especially on the hands and feet area and sometimes on the face . You definitely need to tell your oncologist about this so your doc can help you. Moisturizer is important- you can use udderlysmooth cream or whatever brand you like- , avoid hot water/detergen that make your skin dry. In right setting, antibiotic cream or oral be used too. D/w md. ...Read more
Depends : There are thousands of different types of cancer, each with different patterns of response to radiation and the many chemotherapeutic agents available at different stages. Hodgkin's, embryonal cell carcinoma, childhood leukemia, wilms tumor, and neuroblastoma are all cured more often than not by chemo. There are other cancers it doesn't touch, or for which it may be overused. ...Read more
Failure of other Tx: Apls (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) if necessary can be treated first with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes just being on a blood thinner is enough to avoid blood clots that it can cause or miscarriages. Other treatments like Rituxan (rituximab) (antibody) have been used especially if low platelet counts are seen. If these initial tx fail, doctors may resort to chemo drugs like cyclophosphamide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
All forms of vasculitis treated the same way? I was just told that I have vasculitis and honestly i'm scared of the chemotherapy medicine prescribed
Surgery!: Cancer has been around since humans have been around. Breast cancer was documented as early as 1600 BC. The earliest treatments for cancer were surgical removal of the tumor. Unfortunately, this didn't cure many cancers. For a great history of cancer treatment, read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. ...Read more
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