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If doing a second or third course of chemo for cancer, is the person much more likely to fail treatment?

If doing a second or third course of chemo for cancer, is the person much more likely to fail treatment?

The chemo fails the: Patient, not vice versa! a cycle commonly is the amount of chemotherapy that a person can tolerate due to toxicity. We postulated that each cycle removed a log of tumor cells. Each cancer has its own guideline for number of cycles, regardless, but if the tumor does not respond, it's stopped, and commonly other regimens are used. If 2, 3, or 4 are tried, the tumor is resistant. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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My mom may need chemo for cancer soon. Should she be allowed to hold our newborn?

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My mom may need chemo for cancer soon.  Should she be allowed to hold our newborn?

Yes: Absolutely. Your mother can hold your newborn baby. It will help for both of you and especially for your mom emotionally to see her grandchild. Cancer is not contagious. If your little one later on goes to daycare and has cold or other upper respiratory infection etc-your mom is the one who should be careful and not get infection from your little one. Otherwise your baby should be fine. ...Read more

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How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

Chemo didn't do it: Sadly, metastatic lesions to the brain are not at all unusual. It is a frequent event with a cancer that was not localized on detection and had already spread to other areas. That is why chemo was started. Sorry for your husband's situation. ...Read more

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Can i get picc line on my arm for chemo? Breast cancer on left side. Had a massequetomy of both breast, lymp node doctor removed 2l and 3r. Thank you

Can i get picc line on my arm for chemo? Breast cancer on left side. Had a massequetomy of both breast, lymp node doctor removed 2l and 3r. Thank you

Port: You would be better served by a chest port. Even with bilateral mastectomy when placed via the jugular vein and not the subclavian vein the port will work great without complications like arm swelling that could develop with arm or subclavian access. ...Read more

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My wife is going through chemo and has cancer. What is the best type of diet to help combat this?

My wife is going through chemo and has cancer. What is the best type of diet to help combat this?

Healthy diet: She should eat healthy which means avoiding too much of animal fats. She can eat an equal amount of carbs (pasta and starches) and proteins like eggs and low fat dairy. As long as her weight is in the normal range there is not much to worry about. Just a balanced meal is what she needs to consume.F. ...Read more

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Have been dignoss with rectal cancer, have been treated with radio and chemo, suregent say's he need's two inche's to not perform have been dignoss with rectal cancer , have been treated witn radio and chemo, surgent say's cancer is to low and must peform

Have been dignoss with rectal cancer, have been treated with radio and chemo, suregent say's he need's two inche's to not perform have been dignoss with rectal cancer , have been treated witn radio and chemo, surgent say's cancer is to low and must peform

Although: Some lesions are amenable to saving the anal sphincter, but very low lesions require removal of the anus and a permanent colostomy. Although the anus can be spared the result may not be satisfactory, with frequent stooling, which in some cases leads to the patient being home bound. The goal of surgery with neoadjuvant chemo/radition is a cure! retaining the anus and not a cure is not a great resul. ...Read more

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What should my son expect from chemo for testicular cancer?

What should my son expect from chemo for testicular cancer?

Short & long term, : Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the number of cycles he receives (2, 3, or 4) and whether he has bleomycin as part of his regimen (bep vs ep). Possible short term side effects include fatigue, nausea/vomiting, hand tingling, anemia, skin/hair changes. Long term, infertility, cardiovascular disease, lung disease and metabolic syndrome are risks. You should be counseled about sperm banking. ...Read more

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If someone gets chemo and their cancer is cured, does their hair eventually grow back?

If someone gets chemo and their cancer is cured, does their hair eventually grow back?

Yes: Hair will begin to grow back usually 2-3 months after chemotherapy is finished. It is very rare that hair will not grow back. Sometimes the hair color or texture will be different temporarily or long-term. ...Read more

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Why does chemo (cancer) cause vomiting?

Chemo side effects: Not all chemotherapy causes nausea and vomiting. Those that do , do via stimulation of the vomiting center in the brain. We fortunately have drugs capable of protecting that area and preventing vomiting but to be effective in preventing nausea/vomiting, must be given at least 30 minutes before one receives chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is chemo for breast cancer like?

What is chemo for breast cancer like?

Tolerable: It can be rough on some people but generally tolerable. Depending on the drug regimen used, some can make the hair fallout temporarily, give some figure tip, and toe numbness, and make a person weak and immune compromised for a short while. But if your medical oncologist recommends it, it is because the benefits outweighs the risks of potential side effects. ...Read more

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My dad 66 was diagnosed with aml m6 in july.. He has undergone chemo and the cancer is gone. It has been 2 months. What is the next step?

My dad 66 was diagnosed with aml m6 in july.. He has undergone chemo and the cancer is gone. It has been 2 months. What is the next step?

Close monitoring nee: AML does go into remisision like your dad has done. But it is at high risk to relapse(recur again). So his hematologist/oncologist has to monitor him closely and give him some continued therapy, which varies from one center to the other. Be prepared to do everything now so he can hopefully stay in remission beyond the average period of 9 to 12 months. Good luck. ...Read more

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Many people with cancer loose a lot of weight. Is it because of lack of appetite (chemo) and that cancer is "eating" inside organs. Please explain.

Many people with cancer loose a lot of weight. Is it because of lack of appetite (chemo) and that cancer is "eating" inside organs. Please explain.

Multiple factors: Loss of appetite and increase in basal metabolism due to release of cytokines are the major reasons. Chemo and radiation treatments cause further weight loss by affecting digestion and food absorption. Depression in cancer patients is an additive factor. ...Read more

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Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

It may: Almost all chemotherapeutic drugs have unwanted effects on other organs, including the liver. ...Read more

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What is next after 4 cycles of chemo for lung cancer?

What is next after 4 cycles of chemo for lung cancer?

Surveillance : Your oncologist will follow your progress and response to treatment with radiology scans and physical exams. ...Read more

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What number of times a cycle do you get chemo for brain cancer, if each cycle lasts 6 weeks?

What number of times a cycle do you get chemo for brain cancer, if each cycle lasts 6 weeks?

Depends: This question cannot be answered unless it is known what type of cancer and what chemotherapy agents are being given. In addition to visits for chemotherapy, there are often visits for blood work as well. ...Read more

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Could you take guarana with chemo for lung cancer?

Could you take guarana with chemo for lung cancer?

Not proven: There is a lack of scientific information on this. I would suggest discussing all your current medications and supplements with your oncologist to see what the interactions may be. Some nutritional supplements seem encouraging but in general lack rigorous testing. But, if you perceive benefit and your physician does not feel that it will harm than i in general encourage patients to consider. ...Read more

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Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Different drugs. : Chemotherapy for a hematologic cancer such as AML differs in the drugs & regimens from an epithelial cancer like prostatic carcinoma. AML typically uses Cytarabine and an anthracycline on a specific schedule. In prostate cancer, docetaxel and cabazitaxel are frequently used drugs. Of note, chemotherapy is not as common a treatment for prostate cancer, where hormonal therapy is often used. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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