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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
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
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
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
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
Supportive?: I do not understand your question. Do you mean supportive therapy as in Hospice care? When and if chemotherapy fails, a patient can opt to focus on comfort. This is a perfectly acceptable decision but should not be made in haste. If this is not what you were asking, please clarify. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.
Can be due to chemo: There is an enlarging body of evidence that chemotherapy can cause cognitive decline in a number of patients. Sometimes the decline is reversible. It's been called "chemobrain" or "chemofog". The exact cause isn't known but chemo does cross the blood brain barrier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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