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Cancer Treatment With Taxol Zoloda
Taxol (paclitaxel): ...Works in cellular organelles called microtubules, which are the structures that separate the chromosomes during cell division. Taxol (paclitaxel) stabilizes the tubules and interrupts the normal cellular division process. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Side effects vary: Gemzar (gemcitabine) is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy. ...Read more
Some prolongation: • A large array of chemo agents are utilized in the treatment of non small cell Ca of lung . While Taxol is one of the primary agents ,the Platinum agents such as Cisplatin, Carboplatin, Gemzar and Camptosar (irinotecan) are given alone or in combination with. Taxol. Because of the presence of malignant stem cells, resistant to chemo survival is in months. With immunochemo therapy survival improved. ...Read more
Yes, I have some ide: Taxol is known to cause some aches and pains. They are called myalgia/arthralgias which are typically seen about one week after the injection and usually last no more than 3-4 days after each dose. They can be managed easily with use of tylenol (acetaminophen). Sometimes patients need a NSAID to control them in case tylenol (acetaminophen) fails to help and control them adequately. ...Read more
AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2,path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?
Ask your oncologist!: You need to givel us more information...Did the tumor shrink on chemotherapy? How much. shrinkage? If the tumor did not shrink much, that is a bad sign. But if it reduced in size substantially then you are on the right track. But your oncologist can address your questions and guide you better. ...Read more
Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant ... Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo.. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?
Should be okay: You are receiving ac now and i think (and i hope) it should take care you cancer well --to shrink it down further- so you can have surgery in january. It is not safe to combine adriamyicn and Herceptin (trastuzumab) as it could give you significant problem with your heart. Once you are done with surgery- you will need Herceptin (trastuzumab) to be continued for 1 year. ...Read more
My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?
Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?
Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more
I had breast cancer in March 2014, had red devil and taxol chemo for 6 months, had a mastectomy and 6 weeks of radiation. My period stopped in May 2014 due to chemo. I started bleeding yesterday which seemed like a period, is this normal?
Can be normal: Will be better to see your GP. Any underlying cause should be exclude. Eg papsmear to check cervix abnormalities ...Read more
Had an ultrasound that showed the liver to be slightly heterogeneous. Can that be due to past chemo therapy with Adriamycin, (doxorubicin) Cytoxan and Taxol?
Adjuvant (post surgery) treatment does have an end.
Some metastatic treatments usually end at a maximum number of cycles of therapy (eg lung cancer - 6).
Some treatments are continued in the advanced/metastatic setting until progressive disease or toxicity because they have been proven to (or thought to) improve survival. ...Read more
Incomplete info: From the information provided, it is not feasible to know why you cannot have penetrative intercourse. Sexual satisfaction may be possible even if penetration is not practical. To provide a more meaningful suggestion, one would need to address specific issues through physical examination and discussion. Please raise the issue with your doctor. ...Read more
More and more word: is used , in addition to the traditional treatments ( like Chemo , radiation ) supplemented with various alternative treatments , herbal medicine , dietary supplements etc are added , with out disrupting regular treatments. More and more patients are choosing and oncological doctors are also encouraging . ...Read more
Real Rx, lots of ads: These folks market themselves aggressively to people with newly-diagnosed cancer. Today, most cancer treatments that are not part of research studies are pretty much cookbook, and i'd prefer to be treated at my personal physician's hospital. It's impossible to compare statistics between hospitals as healthier people may choose to travel further; ctca also offers "spiritual" and "holistic" stuff. ...Read more
NCCN-Part II: Thankfully, medicine is a collaborative science where we share amongst ourselves the best treatments available. Alliances such as the nccn ensure that the best cancer care can be delivered where it is most needed-close to a patient's home. Holistic care centers around keeping people in their most normal live's possible, surrounded by family and friends. The best rx is usually the closest to home. ...Read more
It depends: Chemotherapy is very effective for treatment of some cancers. It can be curative in some cases and prolong life in others. However, chemotherapy, due to its nature, is toxic, and any treatment with chemotherapy should involve a discussion of risks and benefits (and possible outcomes) before starting. ...Read more
Assists radiotherapi: Their job is to make sure that the radiotherapy machines are in good working order and they help the radiotherapist in treatment planning ...Read more
Don't use: Essential oils are distilled products from plants. They have been used in flavoring and in foods. More recently they are used in aromatherapy. Historically they were employed in cancer treatment but there is no evidence of their activity. Plants products have however been used such as Taxol (paclitaxel) from the ewe tree and missletoe extracts forbreast cancer. Essential oils are however being banned ...Read more
Impossible to answer: There a different treatments for cancer that involve surgery, radiation, drugs, biologicals, etc. Each one has its own pros and cons and it is not possible to list them all here. If you or a loved one has to go through cancer therapy, make sure the benefits and side effects of that specific therapy are discussed by the oncologist. The patient should always have the final word. ...Read more
Why?: There may be many fine oncologists in mexico, but most americans believe that us cancer treatment is better-regulated and more advanced. If you have specific reasons for going there such as having family nearby, and you have good care established there, then it's your choice. If you're trying to save money or you're following a "miracle cure, " then i caution you against leaving your health center. ...Read more