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Help plz! Can sex with my husband while he undergoing chemo cause me to get a yeast infection?

Help plz! Can sex with my husband while he undergoing chemo cause me to get a yeast infection?

No: It would be a great time for you to focus on closeness and maintaining your loving relationship. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Testicle atrophied after infection. Is it possible the leydig cells were unaffected as they can be resistant to chemo so wouldn't that apply here?

Testicle atrophied after infection. Is it possible the leydig cells were unaffected as they can be resistant to chemo so wouldn't that apply here?

Let me reassure you: I think this is the third time I've seen your question. I'm sorry about your testis. Leydig cells are extremely hard to destroy, though the rest of the testicular tissue is fragile. If you're getting erections like usual, and the rest of your body is that of a young man, you need to stop worrying. If not, you need to get with a physician. Especially, you're no less a man for having lost a testis. ...Read more

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Can leydig cells survive infection over other cells in testicle if the testicle atrophies from being treated late? Supposedly they can resist chemo?

Can leydig cells survive infection over other cells in testicle if the testicle atrophies from being treated late? Supposedly they can resist chemo?

More often germ cells: But both cell also possible. Certain infections like mumps will cause testicular atrophy, as the germ cells that produce sperm are more proliferative (active division) than Leydig cells. In men with fertility problems due to atopy it is the sperm count that will be low, but testosterone levels could be normal, Leydig cells are spared. Some times may need testicular biopsy. ...Read more

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Can leydig cells survive infection over other cells in testicle if that testicle atrophies from being treated late? Apparently they can resist chemo?

Can leydig cells survive infection over other cells in testicle if that testicle atrophies from being treated late? Apparently they can resist chemo?

Yes: Leydig cells are pretty much indestructable, in contrast to the fragile tubules and germinal epithelium. They usually keep a guy's testosterone levels where Nature intends even if injury or radiation destroys the ability to make sperms. ...Read more

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Are leydig cells more resistant to infection then rest? Had infection testicle atrophied. Read online leydig cell can resist chemo so y not infection

Are leydig cells more resistant to infection then rest? Had infection testicle atrophied. Read online leydig cell can resist chemo so y not infection

Here are some. ..: The answer to this Q has been addressed numerous times. Your recurrently asking the same Q seems suggesting you may lack ability to understand & comprehend or you may have a compulsive, obsessive personality. Either one needs a timely counseling for future effective living. I just tried to help you and society; incessant repetition is a waste of personal and social resource of common humanity ...Read more

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In tumor fever without infection, is it normal to run a low grade fever 24 hours a day? Not on chemo or meds.

In tumor fever without infection, is it normal to run a low grade fever 24 hours a day? Not on chemo or meds.

Possibly: Other causes should be ruled out. Low-grade fever, though not uncommon, should be reported to your care team and can be managed medically. ...Read more

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I had BCG chemo for bladder cancer & developed serious infection requiring hospitalization. What other chemo drug can be used?

I had BCG chemo for bladder cancer & developed serious infection requiring hospitalization. What other chemo drug can be used?

It depends: Bcg sepsis is a known, yet uncommon complication of BCG treatment for bladder cancer. The next option really depends on your specific bladder cancer - your urologist will be bettre ablet o discuss this with you. The next option may be for intravesical mitomycing, intravesical valrubicin, or possibly cystectomy. ...Read more

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Dad had chemo & radiation at his sinus area he was doing ok but now has infection with antibiotics for over 3 weeks now. Wont go away. Its inflamed.?

Problematic: This is a tough problem. The fact that he has had radiation to the area indicates that he must have had a cancer. Areas treated with radiation will heal slower because of poorer blood supply. He may need xrays to diagnose the extent of the infectiiom, stronger antibiotics, possibly hyperbaric oxygen for better wound healing. He really needs to see his specialist for further recommendations. ...Read more

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If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

See below: Neutropenic patients with infection frequently have fever which indicates the need for immediate treatment. Successful antibiotic treatment will often cause the fever to resolve. Sometimes the fever does not resolve until bone marrow recovery has occurred. ...Read more

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Saw my dr for vaginal burning. No infections there or UTI. Could it be non infectious vaginitis from chemical menopause due to chemo?

Saw my dr for vaginal burning. No infections there or UTI. Could it be non infectious vaginitis from chemical menopause due to chemo?

Yes: Some chemo regimens can cause menopause. In menopause you typically produce little to no estrogen. The genital tract tissues depend on estrogen to remain moist and of normal thickness. If those vaginal tissues get dry and thinned they can cause burning and itching which are mild forms of pain. ...Read more

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Does it matter if my colon perforation is from tumor or infection. I didn't have screening before surgery. T3nomo? No chemo.

Does it matter if my colon perforation is from tumor or infection. I didn't have screening before surgery. T3nomo? No chemo.

Yes: Perforation from tumor increases the risk of recurrence locally- since this implies spillage of tumor in the region. Infection if controlled and treated should not. Tumor perforation usually considered t4. ...Read more

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Could you be treated with antibiotics after each chemo treatment to prevent infection? My oncologist said I was allergic to Neupogen

Could you be treated with antibiotics after each chemo treatment to prevent infection? My oncologist said I was allergic to Neupogen

No: The germs after chemo come from whatever germs are around. Antibiotics cannot remove all germs from the environment. Giving them, merely changes which ones are around to those which can live in the antibiotics.

We used to try to limit exposure to germs in the environment on the chemo ward by only giving cooked foods. Very little help. ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent infections everywhere (throat, skin, intestine...) after curative cancer surgery without chemo? Can it be due to sudden drop of ldl? How do I restore my proper immune functions?

Why do I get frequent infections everywhere (throat, skin, intestine...) after curative cancer surgery without chemo? Can it be due to sudden drop of ldl? How do I restore my proper immune functions?

Not sure: I'm not sure why you get frequent infections but I can reassure you of one thing: it has nothing do with your ldl. Ldl has no effect on your immune status or tendency to infection. It does tend to drop in people who are malnourished and malnourished people are more prone to infection. Are you malnourished? ...Read more

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In chemotherapy. White blood count low and fever. Can this def be an infection?

In chemotherapy. White blood count low and fever. Can this def be an infection?

FEVER WITH CHEMO: FEVER WITH CHEMO. It can be a side effect of the chemo or a secondary infection. You need an exam/LABS/UAC&S and a CXR. Seek prompt follow up with your doctor. If symptoms worsen or fever >101, seek ER EVALUATION. ...Read more

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I've noticed an increase in vaginal yeast infections since I've started biologics/chemotherapy. Is this normal?

I've noticed an increase in vaginal yeast infections since I've started biologics/chemotherapy. Is this normal?

It is possible: I am sorry you have to be on chemo at such a tender young age. Chemo will affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections, including vaginal and oral yeast infections. Make sure your doc knows. Best to you and god bless. ...Read more

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How long should cancer patients who get infection stay off chemotherapy? My mom was off for a month during which her cancer spread. Was that too long?

How long should cancer patients who get infection stay off chemotherapy? My mom was off for a month during which her cancer spread. Was that too long?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the infection, how the patient feels, and how quickly the counts recover. Also depends on the ultimate goal of therapy and how well the therapy is working or is expected to work. Remember that if a treatment is not meant to cure but rather to extend life, the quality of life is of vital importance and it may make sense to wait. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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In chemotherapy. White blood count low and fever. Also very tierd and sleepy. Can it def be infection as low white cell count? What could the extreme tierdness be?

In chemotherapy. White blood count low and fever. Also very tierd and sleepy. Can it def be infection as low white cell count? What could the extreme tierdness be?

Watch out for Fever!: There are more than one causes for feeling tired. Infection can cause it as you indicated but here fever is the first symptom. So if you feel cold, shiver, check your temp or go to an ER for evaluation. If you do not feel feverish (Hot or very cold), Anemia/low Hemoglobin (Hb) is another common reason especially after multiple cycles of chemo. If your Hb is >10Gram, no fever, then chemo may cause ...Read more

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My Mother is experiencing frequent problems with her bladder. Bladder incontinence, urinary tract infections, etc. She just recently had chemotherapy. Is there a potential risk of developing a more serious kidney infection?

My Mother is experiencing frequent problems with her bladder. Bladder incontinence, urinary tract infections, etc. She just recently had chemotherapy. Is there a potential risk of developing a more serious kidney infection?

Yes; depends on type: Depending on the type of chemotherapy, she may be more at risk for infections. Certain chemotherapies have the effect of knocking out the immune system. In those cases, the body is less able to fight off infections. Infections can spread to the kidneys or even the blood stream. Your mother's oncologist would be checking counts & maybe prescribing preventive antibiotics in that case. Use HT Prime. ...Read more

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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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I recently had chemo and the adminstratives noticed that it was leaking under my bandage where my port was.

I recently had chemo and the adminstratives noticed that it was leaking under my bandage where my port was.

Let doc know: Please let your treating oncologist know. While it may not be serious, knowing that the port is functional is critical in the long run. ...Read more

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How often should a power port be flushed once finished with herceptin (trastuzumab) and chemo? Why does it need flushed?

Monthly: Standard protocol has been to flush ports at least monthly. Maintaining ports is important to prevent clots, and to keep ports usable for later chemo if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a chest port, and the last 3 times, they were not able to get blood from it, but I take chemo through it,?

Clot at tip: A port is a device to give repeated chemo thru. It has a chamber under the skin and a catheter extending into a major vein. At times a clot forms at the tip of the catheter which acts as a valve. injecting the port pushes the clot away to allow chemo to be delivered but aspiration pulls the clot against the opening preventing blood from being drawn. The port should be flushed with heparin. ...Read more

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Can I start chemo immediately after port insertion?

Yes, you can: Your surgeon will give you an OK to use the port. They like to do an X-ray to verify that the port catheter is placed in the right location. Once this is verified (same day after insertion of port) your oncologist will likely go ahead and start using it. ...Read more

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My son is active in sports and has to have chemo to treat lch (histiocytosis) would a port be necessary?

Factors to consider: The insertion and tedious care needed for maintenance of a port are a consideration based on multiple factors. The frequency of treatments, nature of the meds to be used, the duration of treatments, availability of sites etc. If a patient has good natural access points (veins) and a central vein is not needed due to the nature of the meds, no port may be needed. Discuss your options with the doc. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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