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Doctor insights on: Can You Be On Dialysis And Get Chemo

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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What to do if i know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

Kidney failure: Dialysis replaces the function of the kidneys to filter byproducts out of your blood to create urine and avoid buildup of impurities in the blood. ...Read more

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I a on dialysis and get back pain at night when I sleep?

I a on dialysis and get back pain at night when I sleep?

Multiple causes: You could have osteomalacia (vitamin d deficiency) that can cause bone pain. There is also risk of osteoporotic compression fracture of the spine. Commonest would be mechanical pain related to muscles and ligaments of the spine. Rare causes include spinal tumors. A good history, exam and some simple tests should establish diagnosis and guide treatment. Discuss with your nephrologist or pcp. ...Read more

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Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

It depends on the ty: It depnds on the type of cancer and the type of chemotherapy which is typically dependent on the cancer type. Most of the patients have no immediate problem taking chemotherapy as long as they are up and around and not in any acurte distress and eating near normal. ...Read more

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Just finished my last chemo, is it ok to get B12 injections?

Just finished my last chemo, is it ok to get B12 injections?

Yes: Congratulations! not only is it ok to get B12 injections, now is a good time to take a variety of supplements to strengthen & support your immune system, as unfortunately immune function can be suppressed by chemotherapy. I advise a quality multivitamin & herbs like astragalus & medicinal mushrooms, esp. Coriolus versicolor.See http://www.Lef.Org/protocols/cancer/alternative_cancer_therapies_08.Htm. ...Read more

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If u don't get the side effects from chemo does that mean its not working ? Thanks!

If u don't get the side effects from chemo does that mean its not working ?   Thanks!

It's ok: Side effects from chemo are common but not necessary. The better job you do at keeping your nutrition up and sleeping well the more likely you'll avoid side effects. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm about to start intravenus chemo. really scared. how sick will I get?

What to do if I'm about to start intravenus chemo. really scared. how sick will I get?

Don't have enough: info to predict that. Don't know your illness or type of chemo. However ginger and acupuncture can be excellent in reducing chemo -related nausea. Let you physician know about any side effects you experience - because a number of medications can be prescribed to help ameliorate them. Take care. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get my strength back after 6 mo. Of chemo. Been done for six months?

How long will it take to get my strength back after 6 mo. Of chemo.  Been done for six months?

It may not: Some chemotherapeutic agents damage nerve and cause permanent weakness. There's nothing to do if this happened, but you can still try your best to regain physical fitness. It's your right and responsibility to try to get back into physical fitness even if it is tough. ...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