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Doctor insights on: Chemo Dialysis

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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What to do if I know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

Kidney failure: Dialysis replaces the function of the kidneys to filter byproducts out of your blood to create urine and avoid buildup of impurities in the blood. ...Read more

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Friend w hogdkin and 4th round chemo. Just fainted briefly. Cause (s)?

Friend w hogdkin and 4th round chemo. Just fainted briefly. Cause (s)?

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

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Can you die from chemo?

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 more

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Could I go from chemo to life suport?

Could I go from chemo to life suport?

It depends: It depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more

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How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

Not likely a problem: It has been used by some to decrease the metallic taste from some chemo agents on a very limited basis. There is minimal data thus far.
Unlikely to interfere with chemo. ...Read more

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What happens to the chemo residue in cremated or buried humans?

What happens to the chemo residue in cremated or buried humans?

Very small amounts: Chemotherapy is very rapidly metabolized in the body after being given. Some have half lifes measured in minutes and other in hours to days. That means most chemotherapy is completely metabolized to inactive products with in hrs to days after administration. Any residual amounts are so small that they would be destroyed by the heat in cremation and would slowly become inert under burial conditions. ...Read more

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What is adjuvant chemo?

What is adjuvant chemo?

Adjuvant chemo: Adjuvant chemo is chemotherapy that is given after curative surgical resection of a cancer. It is given to reduce risk of recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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What is paliative chemo?

Extend/relieve: Mainly when chemotherapy is being recommended; it is for two purposes; either called curative when the goal is to achieve cure and then palliative; when the goal is mainly to improve quality of life by controlling the cancer in turn which is causing symptoms and hopefully to increase the period of time a person can live comfortably;. ...Read more

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Why is chemo used for ectopic?

Methotrexate: Methotrexate stops rapidly dividing cells by preventing utilization of folic acid. Is has been a known abortofascient drugas for years and will usually negate an ectopic pregancy. Woem who take mtx must wait 2 & 1/2 mo to rid their bodies of traces before retrying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Yes: Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia), platelets (prevent bleeding) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more

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Is methorexate a form of chemo?

Methotrexate: Yes. Methotrexate is an antimetabolite drug used as chemotherapy to treat some forms of cancer. It is also used in much smaller doses to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and more. It has been used to treat arthritis for over 30 years. All medications can have risks but with proper monitoring most people do very well on it. ...Read more

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Can alcohol stop Chemo Working?

Can alcohol stop Chemo Working?

See below.: While most chemo drugs are not directly affected by alcohol, certain chemo drugs such as procarbazine, etc may have increased toxicity when alcohol is used. Alcohol can also interfefere premedication, cause dehydration, and decrease liver function essential for drug metabilism and detox. Thus, I generally advise that alcohol be avoided during the chemo except small amount. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of chemo?

Many possible: Boy, I need a lot more than 400 characters to answer that! Side effects vary depending on the drug and of course, how the patient reacts to it. An oncologist will be able (and should) go in detail over the specific side effects of the drugs he/she is planning to use. Best to you. ...Read more

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Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

It can: There are some chemotherapy medicines that carry a risk of cardiomyopathy. I don't know if you are asking if chemotherapy can cause cardiomyopathy or if chemotherapy can worsen cardiomyopathy in a patient who has cardiomyopathy already but either is possible. Discussion with your medical oncologist can allow you to have a detailed talk about the risks of any chemotherapy being planned. ...Read more

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Can chemo change your DNA profile?

Theoretically.....: It first depends on what what you were sampling to determine the profile (blood versus cheek cells vs semen). Dna profiling examines extremely polymorphic (varying) regions of the genome. If the chemo caused a dna change in a primitive stem cell in your body in one of these locations, it theoretically could affect a dna profile. Fun thought experiment, but super unlikely. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight after chemo?

How can I lose weight after chemo?

Exercise: The best way to lose weight is to control portions, exercise, don't drink sodas (regular or diet) and don't sweeten coffee or tea (hidden calories). Talk with your doctor to make sure you are safe to begin exercising. ...Read more

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What can a CEA rise in chemo mean,?

What can a CEA rise in chemo mean,?

Disease marker: CEA is a serum marker that can be used as an indicator of the overall amount of tumor in the body for certain types of cancer. Fluctuations of <25% usually are interpreted as being unchanged. Increases might mean tumor progression but often require validation by imaging or biopsy. ...Read more

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Will chemo effect the paternity test?

No: No. While long term chemotherapy can cause dna mutations (and increase risk of second primary malignancies), in general it doesn't change large sections of dna. So, any constitutive dna test should be relatively stable throughout life. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to chemo?

Varies alot: There are many different chemotherapy drugs available. They all have different side effects. Can you be more specific about the type of chemotherapy you would like to know about? ...Read more

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How long does chemo last for leukemia?

How long does chemo last for leukemia?

It depends on type o: Leukemia types vary, so you need to tell us the exact type of leukemia? It can be acute or chronic; the duration of treatments vary accordingly. Most acute leukemias are treated for several months (one called all is treated for 1-2 years). Chronic leukemias, commonly occur in adults and require treatment for many years. But the exact info can be given to you if you ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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How good is chemo at shrinking a tumour?

Need more details: I need more specific details to be able to answer you. ...Read more

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Where could they inject me for the chemo?

In veins: Most chemo is delivered systemically. There has to be constant access to veins. When veins of the hands or arms are employed they eventually thrombose and cant be used. Other access sites are employed such as a pic line where the catheter is passed up a vein in the arm and fixed in place for easy access. Otherwise a subclavian port is positioned with the reservoir on the chest wall for access. ...Read more

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Does chemo cause you to have a sour smell?

Yes, abnormal sense: Chemo can alter the sense of smell and taste. Sour stomach due to increased acidity can also be a problem which may need antacids to correct it. Most of these effects are reversible after chemo has been completed. ...Read more

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What tastes good when you are having chemo?

What tastes good when you are having chemo?

Bland foods, cold fo: Any spicy foods or hot steamy meals can bring on nausea. So cold cuts and foods where the covers are taken off outside the patient's rooms are advised. Appetite is blunted for a few days after chemo, so you have to force feedd yourself in order to avoid losing weight. So multiple small feedings are best. ...Read more

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Help can chemo work for cholangiocarcinoma?

Provide more details: Cholangiocarcinoma is a difficult cancer to control unless it is caught early when it is resectable with surgery. Tell us more about your medical history as to where is your tumor? Is it you or a family member who has the cancer???? ...Read more

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Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

It depends on the ty: It depnds on the type of cancer and the type of chemotherapy which is typically dependent on the cancer type. Most of the patients have no immediate problem taking chemotherapy as long as they are up and around and not in any acurte distress and eating near normal. ...Read more

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Tips for improving energy levels under chemo?

Thus:: Maintain a positive attitude (no, I'm not a new age hippie) regular physical activity, good nutrition, and good hydration. If your weakness is due to anemia, your doc may be able to help with that. If it gets to be unacceptable, sometimes we are forced to lower the doses or stop the program altogether. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more