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Can modafinil help with pcci(chemo brain)?

Can modafinil help with pcci(chemo brain)?

Depends.: Modafinil is used for difficulty staying awake due to Narcolepsy, shift work disorders, idiopathic hypersomnia and had been used for ADHD/ADD even if it not one of the indications. Chemo brain is characterized by neurological symptoms:confusion, disorganization, verbal and visual memory problems, difficulty learning new skills, difficulty with word finding and do not respond to Modafinil . ...Read more

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Help please! is chemo brain a real side effect of chemotherapy?

Help please! is chemo brain a real side effect of chemotherapy?

Chemo brain: The efects of chemotherapeutic medications on the brain are real. When present, people often complain of cloudy thought processes, slowed thinking, problems concentrating and poor memory. Speak to your doctor about what to expect and how to help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about any problems with chemo brain?

Can you tell me about any problems with chemo brain?

Nothing serious: This is a new item indicating that chemo may create some temporary memory problems in some patients. But it is short term, usually reversible over one or two years after chemo has been completed. ...Read more

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Every time that I get my heart rate up the chemo brain comes back why and will it ever get better?

Every time that I get my heart rate up the chemo brain comes back why and will it ever get better?

Chemo Brain: Consider seeing a doctor of natural medicine or a nutritionist for some detoxing. As we release toxins from our body it can cause symptoms before being excreted. Raising heart rate MAY be doing this. Balance between detox and excretion is important. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can chemo brain be considered a learning disorder for a college student?

Can chemo brain be considered a learning disorder for a college student?

"Chemo brain": "chemo brain" is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe the thinking and memory problems that can happen during/after cancer treatment. Other causes than chemotherapy may result in cognitive dysfunction in cancer patients, though. Although the confusion, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and memory problems can definitely affect learning, it's not a formal learning disorder. ...Read more

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Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin .. diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin .. diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Yes: You have obviously survived the bilateral pulmonary emboli. You didn't mention being on Coumadin (warfarin) or any blood thinner but you should be if you are not(speak to your doctor). Hopefully, most of the clot on your lungs has dissolved. If you can't be on blood thinners for some reason, you could have a filter placed in your vena cava. Having cancer is a risk factor for having blood clots and pes. ...Read more

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What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read more

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Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Hand swelling and pain: This is most likely side effect of Taxol (paclitaxel). Some side effects of taxol (paclitaxel) are neuropathy which is damaging of the nerve fibers joint pains and sometimes swelling of extremities. Most of this side effects get better after stopping the treatment but the neuropathy sometimes persists and requires lifelong medications. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss this problem. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 tnbc before i was to start AC chemo my platelets were too low 85. Started Taxol (paclitaxel) for a week now my liver enzymes are too high 590 ?

I have stage 4 tnbc  before i was to start AC chemo my platelets were too low 85.  Started Taxol (paclitaxel) for a week now my liver enzymes are too high 590 ?

Further eval: If platelets were low before starting, il'd worry that you have spread to the bone marrow. In that case, you would get treatment anyway, no matter what the counts, in hopes of clearing the marrow. If your liver enzymes are high, there may be liver metastases. I don't know your'e whole story, but i would strongly consider treating with something like Carboplatin and abraxane. Also check her2 again. ...Read more

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