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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Is it normal to have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Is it normal to have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Something else ?: It depends, but one of the commonest causes of back pain after chemo is bone marrow stimulation if a medication like Neupogen or Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) has been used to prevent a drop in counts. Please check with your doctor if that is the cause and to make sure you do not need an xray, a bone scan or MRI to rule out something else as the cause of your back pain. ...Read more

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How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

Hair growth change: After chemotherapy the hair root is injured and growth stops. The alteration in growth pattern after recovery is thought to be responsible for the change in appearance of the growth of the hair. It can have color and texture change as well. The scientific details are still not totally clear. ...Read more

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What does chemo therapy feel like when you are going through it?

LIke you are receivi: It feels like any othe rmedicines going through your vein. Chemo is not different than any other medcines that doctors use to treat a medical problem. So there is little difference. It does not hurt and there are no immediate effects that you can feel . There is some risk of nausea but oncologists use premedication with antinausea medcines before giving chemo. Other that, there is no difference! ...Read more

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Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms. Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms. ...Read more

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Has chemo therapy alone ever cured any cancer at all?

Has chemo therapy alone ever cured any cancer at all?

Childhood cancers: May childhood cancers, especially leukemias, and Hodgkin disease are usually curable. ...Read more

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How can the chemo therapy drug vincristine be harmful?

How can the chemo therapy drug vincristine be harmful?

Neuropathic effects: Are most common with vincristine. Patients can experience pain, numbness, tingling (aka paresthesias), difficulty with chewing/jaw pain, foot drop and discoordination. Gabapentin and physical therapy may help wth these. Also a neuropathic complication, constipation is a significant concern since hard stools predispose to serious bacterial infection. Liver toxicity can be an issue also. ...Read more

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What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

Immune suppression: The same drugs are used to treat some autoimmune disorders, like SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and treatment of organ rejection after transplants. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the odds of a skinny person surviving chemo therapy?

Depends...: Skinny does not mean malnourished. Albumin levels are a good lab to determine how noursished a person is. If it is greater than 4, you're in a good spot. Less than 2 is not a good spot. The side effects of chemotherapy are the ones that take a toll on someone, but usually you have doctor's support in treating symptoms. Doctor will make decision with patient on ability to tolerate. ...Read more

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What to do if I have multi. myealoma cancer am advised to take chemo therapy?

What to do if I have multi. myealoma cancer am advised to take chemo therapy?

You have 3...: ...choices, my friend: you can follow your doctor's advise and take the medicine, you can choose to do nothing, or you can consider a second opinion. It is your God given right to select one of the 3 but know that with each choice there are consequences. I believe that if a patient has doubts, a second opinion never hurts and I encourage my patients to do so if they feel they need it. ...Read more

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What is benefit of chemo therapy when it pretty much never ever cures a cancer in adults?

What is benefit of chemo therapy when it pretty much never ever cures a cancer in adults?

A better question...: A better question is, "What is the benefit compared to the risks?" That's because everything in life has risks as well as benefits. Thus, it is how one lives life, and NOT how long one lives, that matters. There is benefit of chemo if chemo improves how one lives. One can say there is no benefit if chemo does not improve how one lives. That's wiser than counting how many days chemo might add. ...Read more

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I have heard and also seen on the internet that soursop is 10000 times more effective than chemo therapy, is this true?

Not true.: It is much more yummy, but not effective against cancer. Unfortunately it is not illegal to advertise things like that on the internet. It is unethical but that never stopped those who would take your money. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if people go through chemo therapy and know their hair is going to fall off, why don't they just shave their hair off and make a wig out of it?

Interesting idea: Many people do shave their hair and purchase a wig. However, a custom made wig from one's own hair may be quite expensive and it may be difficult to locate someone who could make the wig. ...Read more

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How does chemo therapy work?

Chemotherapy: The aim of chemotherapy is to poison and damage and kill cancer cells. This can be d one by directly damaging the cells. Most recently a new approach to treatment prevents the malignant cells from taking in needed nutrients, so they are starved to death. ...Read more

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Help please! is chemo therapy painful?

No, not at all!: This is one big misunderstanding. Chemotherapy is a medicine which can be taken by mouth or given as IV injection, just like other medicines. When administered carefully by an oncologist, it should not hurt. Occasionally it can cause phlebitis in the vein used for injection but that can be avoided by using IV catheters, a small plastic tube which then protects the vein and also can be reused. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone receive chemo therapy?

For what length of time can someone receive chemo therapy?

There is no limit: Most chemotherapy courses run for 4-6 months. But if the cancer keeps coming back longer courses, repeaded many times are not uncommonly required. ...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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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more