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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

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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.

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

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Can you let me know how many chemo drugs can you get at once?

Can you let me know how many chemo drugs can you get at once?

It depends: Chemotherapy program can be as simple as a single drug. Common combinations have two drug. There are some complicated combinations that has 6 drugs that alternate in a schedule. It really depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many different types of chemo should a person get?

Can you let me know how many different types of chemo should a person get?

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

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What causes ur numbers to be low during chemo and how can u get ur numbers up?

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

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How long after chemo can you get pregnant?

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

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When after chemo can you try to get pregnant?

It depends: Ask your oncologist, they can guide you further. Most patients wait for 2-3 years, minimum...Simply because you want to be sure that your cancer is controlled for the long haul and not come back and make it tough to raise the child. ...Read more

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Can I get sick from mom's chemo if I clean up after her?

Could: It is what is in her ''poop'' not the chemo.
Talk to her oncologist. ...Read more

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How long after you get your last chemo will your hair return?

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

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Can you suggest a means to get my hair to grow back after chemo?

Naturally: The person who had full hair prior to the chemo will most likely get back all of their hair. ...Read more

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Are any OTC health products helpful if you have cancer and will get chemo?

Are any OTC health products helpful if you have cancer and will get chemo?

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

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Can you tell me how to help a child get the courage to go through chemo treatments?

Can you tell me how to help a child get the courage to go through chemo treatments?

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

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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

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Can I get a tattoo while having chemo?

Can I get a tattoo while having chemo?

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

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Can you get oral thrush as result of chemo?

Can you get oral thrush as result of chemo?

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

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Why do fingertips get numb when getting chemo?

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

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Is it safe to get a new dog while going through chemo therapy?

Is it safe to get a new dog while going through chemo therapy?

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

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Could someone get chemo if they have fluid around their heart?

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

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Is it normal for to get so tired from being out in the sun after chemo treatments?

Yes: 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

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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