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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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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

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. ...Read more

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Is methorexate a form of chemo?

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. ...Read more

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Can alcohol stop Chemo Working ?

Can alcohol stop
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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. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of chemo?

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. ...Read more

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Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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Can chemo change your DNA profile?

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. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight after chemo?

How can I lose weight after chemo?

Exercise: The best way to lose weight is to control portions, exercise, don't drink sodas (regular or diet) and don't sweeten coffee or tea (hidden calories). Talk with your doctor to make sure you are safe to begin exercising. ...Read more

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What can a CEA rise in chemo mean ,?

What can a CEA rise in chemo mean ,?

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. ...Read more

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Will chemo effect the paternity test?

No: No. While long term chemotherapy can cause dna mutations (and increase risk of second primary malignancies), in general it doesn't change large sections of dna. So, any constitutive dna test should be relatively stable throughout life. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to chemo ?

Varies alot: There are many different chemotherapy drugs available. They all have different side effects. Can you be more specific about the type of chemotherapy you would like to know about? ...Read more

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