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My mother has stage 3 cancer and was suppose to start chemo on nov 5th but now they want to keep her hospitalized and put a shunt in her neck why?

My mother has stage 3 cancer and was suppose to start chemo on nov 5th but now they want to keep her hospitalized and put a shunt in her neck why?

Call Mom's Doctor: The shunt you are referring to ("mediport", "portacath") is an implanted "permanent" IV that facilitates chemo administration, either due to poor patient IV access or the type of chemo given. This is an out-patient procedure & unrelated to your mom's dr's decision to keep her hospitalized. Please contact your mom's primary care dr or oncologist--they can clarify. I hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Is it fine to add fish in the daily meals after Vp shunt surgery or should it be a strict vegan diet? Patient is also on chemo for breast cancer

Whoa: Whoever has told you that a person who has had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt needs to eat a vegan diet was simply lying to you. The decision to become a vegan is a moral choice, not a medical one, and a vegan who does not know EXACTLY what they are doing will ruin his/her health. If a health care provider has urged a chemotherapy patient to "go vegan" as Rx, report it to the licensing board. ...Read more

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Will Chemotherapy for breast cancer have any effect on functioning of a VP shunt ?

Will Chemotherapy for breast cancer have any effect on functioning of a VP shunt ?

Hydrocephalus : No. Chemotherapy does not have an affect on the functioning of ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Infection and other medical problems can bring out the symptoms of hydrocephalus and it may appear that the shunt has malfunctioned but that is often not the case. Remain focused on beating the cancer and all the best to you. ...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?

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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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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