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Is it normal to leave a breast expander in for 11 months for a breast reconstruction for a 34 b size without complications, no chemo no tissue probs?
In some cases: There are indications to leave an expander in for a longer time than usual. Especially if you are undergoing chemo or radio therapy treatments . Unless there are infections or soft tissue problems it should not cause any long term issues. This is something you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon, so as to plan your subsequent procedures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more
Shouldn't be: This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possible: Some are more likely than others and they depend in part on the specific treatment and physical condition but, among others: low white cells causing infection, anemia, low platelets causing bleeding, heart, liver, or kidney problems, and others. Enough to write a book. Talk to your doc about what may specifically apply to you. Best to you. ...Read more
Friend, Pan can stage 4. No chemo for 3 months because of complications. Pain, bowel obstruction, pneumonia now. Will the cancer start growing again?
Not the issue: Stage IV pancreatic cancer has a very poor outlook with overall survival rate measured in months, not years. With complications of bowel obstruction, pneumonia, weight loss, etc., the patient should not be pursuing chemotherapy but rather hospice care. Please discuss this with his/her physician for compassionate end-of-life care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many possible : Lots of things can cause that, some of which can be serious. I would contact his/her oncologist asap or visit the er. ...Read more
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"ports" are: Accessible devices under the skin that allow puncture and direct line to the venous system. It prevents multiple sticks and extravasation of caustic chemo outside veins. When chemo is completed, it should be removed. ...Read more