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Can You Be On Dialysis And Get Chemo
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
My uncle was diagnosed with kidney disease that is requiring chemo. What's the name of the disease &the causes he's also been getting dialysis.
My husband is on dialysis. He also has bladder cancer that may have metastasized to the lung. Is there any chance for him to have chemotherapy?
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
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
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
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
My 50 yr old brother diagnosed with hairy cell and he had chemo meds last wk. What are chances that I could get this disease? I have no insurance.
No worries: Hairy cell leukemia is a very rare type of cancer. You have literally no chance to have a rare cancer in two members of the same family. So I would not worry at all that it could happen to you. But do get insurance as there are many other medical problems which are likely to affect you, needing a physician take care of you. ...Read more
Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more
Tough question: This is a tough question to answer. If the chemo has worked and response has been achieved in past then chemo can be continued. As long as the body can tolerate it and response is occurring there is no limit. The problem occurs when there is no response. Then after 2 or 3 chemo types it is hard to continue. But this decision is up to you and your doctor. ...Read more
Cytotoxic: Chemotherapy will kill dividing cells - - cancer/lymphoma/leukemia count here, and why we use it, but bone marrow cells that make white cells and platelets are also bystanders effected. They naturally return in due time. There are "growth factors" that are very expensive that can accelerate rebound of marrow. ...Read more
When you ovulate: Once you start ovulating and having periods, it's possible for you to get pregnant. It might take some time after chemotherapy to regain normal cycles, and it depends on the type of chemotherapy you received. Some chemotherapy makes you infertile, and hopefully your doctor discussed this with you. For more info: www. Fertilehope. Org. ...Read more
It is what is in her ''poop'' not the chemo.
Talk to her oncologist. ...Read more
A few months:
Hair can take a few months to fully return after chemo. Two to four months to look like a decent amount of hair, sometimes longer.
It takes longer than if someone not taking chemo just shaved their head.
Less hair means a cooler head in the summertime! Hang in there and good luck. ...Read more
Naturally: The person who had full hair prior to the chemo will most likely get back all of their hair. ...Read more
Yes: It will depend entirely on what drugs you will be getting. Ways of controlling upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, aches, and general discomfort are best discussed with your oncologist. This is not the place to discuss medical marijuana, and I need to urge you to obey the law in your jurisdiction. Good luck and thanks for asking. ...Read more
It is difficult: But your child's oncologist can be helpful to talk and explain things to your child. For your part, you should say that he is being give 'medicine' to get well from his illness. Furthermore, it is good to know and tell your child that this illness is curable in more than 80% of the cases. ...Read more
What to do if I have a chest port, and the last 3 times, they were not able to get blood from it, but I take chemo through it,?
Clot at tip: A port is a device to give repeated chemo thru. It has a chamber under the skin and a catheter extending into a major vein. At times a clot forms at the tip of the catheter which acts as a valve. injecting the port pushes the clot away to allow chemo to be delivered but aspiration pulls the clot against the opening preventing blood from being drawn. The port should be flushed with heparin. ...Read more
Depends: Most professionally-done tattoos are safe these days in terms of transmission of infectious agents like hepatitis. Since tattooing involves breaking the skin barrier, it poses some risk of bacterial infection. The risk is higher during periods of active chemo which lowers the immune system/slows down healing. There are however people on active chemo and yet have had tattoos done without problems. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Oral thrush is simply a yeast infection in your mouth. This normally doesn't happen because cells in our immune system prevent the yeast from growing. However, chemotherapy harms those cells, allowing yeast to grow easily. Oral thrush is easy to treat with medicated mouth rinses. When your immune system fully recovers, it will stop occurring. ...Read more
Possible nerve rxtn: Many chemotherapy agents affect peripheral nerves, and if you have a subclinical carpal tunnel problem, or a nerve compression at elbow, any increased toxicity or inflammation can create outward symptoms. If this is transient and only lasts a few days, no need to pursue, but if more persistent, get an EMG test and get appropriate treatment. ...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
Depends: It depends on why they need the chemo and why they have the fluid. The question cannot be properly answered in a vacuum. ...Read more
Fatigue: Very normal for chemo, stay positiveGet a more detailed answer ›
Tiredness, with or without going out in the sun is a known side effect of chemo. It will subside. If being out in the sun makes you feel better, do continue.
Wish you good health. ...Read more
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