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If dr reluctant to give any 5-FU chemo
Due to patient chest issues, tried Xeloda (capecitabine) and irinotecan but failed . Wat other options ?
Good reason: You did not state the type of cancer, the patient's age, or other medical conditions except for "chest issues."If chemotherapy is not working (5FU (fluorouracil) and Xeloda are the same drug in the end and irinotecan is another active drug in colon cancer) then using other drugs may be fruitless. Also if the patient has complications, continuing therapy may cause more harm than good. ...Read more
No: No it will not. No significant interactions known between those two. ...Read more
In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?
One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more
Pt is 65. We are stuck as they reluctant to give chemo due to 5 fu chest tightness .
They are also refusing to ablate or operate. The liver met is single and small and lung nodule is 0.5 cm. there is a aortocaval node too .Should we get a 2 nd opinion?
Yes...: Always get a 2nd opinion in a case like this ...Read more
Not a standard treat: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) and 5-fu jused to be used as first line chemo for breast cancer, but there are much more effacious drugs available now. I would not use these drugs now as first line treatment fofr anything except in special circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4mo post RT/Chemo 5FU (fluorouracil) massive hair loss. Taking Levothyroxine 4 3wks. 50mcg. Only TSH tested 5.04. Do I need more testing What? Will hair loss reverse
If a onco can't give 5 fu chemos to
A pt with colorectal cancer with few mets due to chest issue , what other options are there that r effective. ?
Met CRC: This is too complicated for a 400 character response. Not sure about the "why" can't give 5FU (fluorouracil). Common chemo regimens for metastatic colorectal carcinoma (met CRC) include FOLFOX, FOLFIRI both +/- bevacizumab (Avastin). Other drugs have activity in CRC including regorafenib. Here is NCCN patient information: http://www.nccn.org/patients/guidelines/colon/index.html ...Read more
Follow instructions!: It is safe and effective when used as prescribed. It will irritate your skin, that's part of how it works, so expect it to be red and dry. Remember more is not better, so use it in a thin layer. Limit your sun exposure and use a moisturizer. Don't use it without a doctors recommendation. ...Read more