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Chemo Scarf Pattern
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:)See 1 more doctor answer
"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.
It depends...: The potenial benefit of chemotherapy depends on the tumor type, biomarkers (eg, er/pr/her2 in breast cancer), stage, etc. For some diseases "calculators" can help determine the absolute risk reduction (as opposed to "relative" risk reduction). Some cancers may have limited benefit from chemo and others may benefit greatly.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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;.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer