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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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


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If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation ?

If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation
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Past experience: "cancer-free" is a poor choice of words when you are still receiving therapy. We never know when the last cancer cell is gone. A better term would be "no evidence of cancer". With many cancers, we know from experience that without radiation the risk of cancer returning is higher, even when there is no evidence of cancer after chemo. Hence the recommendation for radiation. ...Read more

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Could cancer patients receiving chemo drink milk? Or lactose free milk or none of the dairy milk product

Could cancer patients receiving chemo drink milk? Or lactose free milk or none of the dairy milk product

No such restrictions: Dairy products are not harmful to patients with Cancer unless they are overweight, in which case we try to minimize dairy product use in order to lose weight. Over-weight is not good for anyone including patients with cancer. As such patients with Cancer are allowed to drink milk, especially reduced fat type of milk is good for their nutrition. ...Read more

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What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets 65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?

What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets
65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?

It's improving!: All it really means is the CEA is going in the right direction ... falling after chemotherapy. You can not reliably speculate on what the number changes might say about the magnitude of improvement. There is too much individual variability and unpredictability for that. I would be pleased that these changes have occurred. Best wishes as you continue your treatment:) ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

Check it: I agree with dr. T. Hopefully your pain is due to arthritis or other bone-joint issues but pain in a cancer patient (particularly if always on the same spot or if worsens with time) should be properly evaluated to rule out metastases. ...Read more

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I've been running 100-101 fever for 4 days. Now it's 99.5. Am i fever-free & safe to visit chemo patient in isolated ward w/neutropenia and pneumonia?

I've been running 100-101 fever for 4 days. Now it's 99.5. Am i fever-free & safe to visit chemo patient in isolated ward w/neutropenia and pneumonia?

Better not: You had infection. The chemo patient are at high risk of getting infection. Although you are fever free, you may still harbor the bacteria or virus that can transmit to the patient. If you can avoid close contact. Try it, otherwise have good isolation. ...Read more

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Are there drs. Who work on cancer patients for free? After chemo/rad destroyed my gums my teeth began chipping. I can't afford trtmnt./pymnts

Are there drs. Who work on cancer patients for free? After chemo/rad destroyed my gums my teeth began chipping. I can't afford trtmnt./pymnts

Probably: In a city the size of richmond, va there should be resources to assist you in getting the treatment you need either free or at greatly reduced prices. Start with your local health department since some have dental clinics there. Also, your oncologist may be aware of dentists or dental clinics where services are provided on a "sliding scale" based on ability to pay. ...Read more

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My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago.Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then.Is this bad?

My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago.Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then.Is this bad?

Not necessarily: when the colon cancer comes back , it usually comes back within the first 5 years from the diagnosis. it is unlikely that the colon cancer comes back after 12 years. in addition, CEA is not very sensitive nor specific for colon cancer. other things like cigarette smoking, other liver problems etc can increase CEA.if she smokes, makes sure to encourage her to quit. she need to follow up with her MD ...Read more

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Should I be worried about swollen feet? It was humid today, I was on my feet a lot and had 2 cocktails. I finished chemo last Nov but am cancer free.

Should I be worried about swollen feet? It was humid today, I was on my feet a lot and had 2 cocktails. I finished chemo last Nov but am cancer free.

Swollen feet: Lots of possibilities from simple dependent edema through much more complicated possible causes. Discuss with the Docs who know your situation in detail. ...Read more

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After chemo and/or radiation a person with cancer will never know if he/she is cancer free since ct's/pet scans will not show just a few cells?

After chemo and/or radiation a person with cancer will never know if he/she is cancer free since ct's/pet scans will not show just a few cells?

That is correct: The limitation of our technology is down to about 1 mm. sized lesions when applying MRI technology. CT technology can see only down to about 1 cm. in diameter of a lesioned area. The problem is that it only really takes 1 viable and HEALTHY CANCER CELL to get the whole process of recrudescence started again. Therefore, being "CANCER FREE", is something that can be said but never proven. ...Read more

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My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now.This morning he found blood in his stool. is cancer back? his last scan 3 weeks ago was free

My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now.This morning he found blood in his stool. is cancer back? his last scan 3 weeks ago was free

I assume: that the scan was a bone scan/ There are a multitude of reasons for blood in stool!! I do not have enough information to add to these comments What kind of cancer does your Father have????????? Ask question again with more info! Dr Z ...Read more

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I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if i could get a tattoo? I i went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since i had cancer and went thr

I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if i could get a tattoo? I i went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since i had cancer and went thr

Yes: Your question got cut off, but as long as you are not on any immunosuppressives (for gvhd after a bone marrow transplant, for example), you are ok to get a tattoo from a reputable artist that takes the necessary infectious disease risk precautions. You will not be at any increased risk compared to someone getting a tattoo who doesn't have a history of cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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Sir it was muscle free of tumor of urinary bladder doctor said there's need for bcg vaccines its T1 can u tl is chemotherapy needed? N wt abt procedr

Sir it was muscle free of tumor of urinary bladder doctor said there's need for bcg vaccines its T1  can u tl is chemotherapy needed?
N wt abt procedr

Question : don't understand your question completely. Free questions on HealthTap have a limited number of characters. Re-ask your question or consider a consult via HealthTap prime or concierge. ...Read more

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35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

Here are some...: I have good reasons to congratulate you for moving and coping reasonably well with left open full nephrectomy in January of 2012, Mesenteric lymph node biopsy in January of 2014 since your malignancy just luckily happened to be the one with clinical favorable prognosis. Despite such, a degree of constant concern about their long-term outcome always remain; understandable. How to handle your health calamity can be contemplated and formulated by realizing and understanding the following facts: 1. Every life event always results from a process of lifelong making and displays itself on its pattern of full spectrum; 2. Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we don't know; 3. There is no magic in life & medicine; if any, that is to work closely doc so to apply currently available knowledge, skill, technology, drugs, commonsense, & wisdom at reasonable time and way on reasonable patients. More? Go to peruse articles listed in http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html.... ...Read more

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What is a port for chemo?

What is a port for chemo?

"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

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How often is chemo and who decides?

How often is chemo and who decides?

Medical Oncologist: The frequency of a chemotherapy regimen is coordinated with your medical oncologist. The important factors include what kind of cancer is being treated, what kind of chemotherapy is being used, and the overall health of the patient being treated. ...Read more