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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Overview)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat cancers of any type.


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What is chemotherapy made up of?

What is chemotherapy made up of?

Medicines: These are drugs and medications that are given by intravenous, intraarterial, or oral routes in most cases. The drugs are made by companies (pharmaceutical) who manufacture them from chemicals and molecules. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
972 Doctors shared insights

Chemotherapy (Overview)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat cancers of any type.


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Can you please tell me what exactly is chemotherapy like and how do I help my mom through it?

Can you please tell me what exactly is chemotherapy like and how do I help my mom through it?

Like this: How your mom will handle chemo is impossible to foretell. Depends on the kind of chemo and how healthy she is. As to how to help, first do not anticipate bad reactions, she may do great. If she gets sick, just be available. Even little things will be appreciated. That said, don't smother her. Let her fight this on her terms and with dignity. I truly hope both of you do well. God bless. ...Read more

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Describe experiences with pcv chemotherapy?

Describe experiences with pcv chemotherapy?

Nausea/vomiting: I am not sure what exactly is being asked here. Pcv chemotherapy is used in the treatment of aggressive brain tumors. This particular combination of chemotherapy is very nauseating and fatiguing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is chemotherapy ever used in psychaiatry?

Can you tell me is chemotherapy ever used in psychaiatry?

Chemotherapy?? NO!: Why would you think that to be the case??? ...Read more

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Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

May need to postpone: If you need chemotherapy following mastectomy, your surgery dates may need to be tailored as chemotherapy can delay wound healing. I typically postpone the second stage of surgery (exchange of tissue expanders for implants) for six weeks following your last chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the chemotherapy?

What need to ask: You need to know all treatment options available for you- chemo ; surgery; radiation etc. Specifically about chemo- you need to know the name of chemo that you will get, the frequency/schedule, the risk/possible side effects and how to anticipate the problems. The benefits of chemo. Things that you should do and should not do while on chemo-and when the WBC is low. Neutropenic precaution etc. ...Read more

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Is fruits and vegetables pills safe for chemotherapy?

Is fruits and vegetables pills safe for chemotherapy?

Maybe, but...: Eating real fruits and vegetables is better! Our bodies are made to digest whole foods. Pills cannot capture the complexity of a real fruit or vegetable including the fiber, enzymes, and vitamins. I don't recommend taking lots of supplements during chemotherapy, because anything you put in your mouth must be processed by your liver...And it has a lot of work to do already with chemotherapy! ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase platelet count naturally and safely during chemotherapy? What is the clinical consensus around papaya leaf juice?

Talk to your dr: Do not take any herbal supplements with chemotherapy without discussing with your doctor first----significant side effects can occur.

There is no natural way to increase platelets. Discuss your treatment options with your hematologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can have many side effects. If you are receiving chemotherapy the benefit may outweight the risk. Talk to your oncologist about side effects of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is the best way to start exercising while undergoing chemotherapy?

Slow: Diet and exercise appear to have benefit in various cancers. Most data is in breast cancer. However, while on chemo, start slowly. I would suggest walking as tolerated. Focus on getting through chemo, then consider a personal trainer or post-cancer group to help you gradually acclimate to exercise and work on diet. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read more

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What would be the benefit of chemotherapy after cancer rather than mistletoe extract?

What would be the benefit of chemotherapy after cancer rather than mistletoe extract?

Chemotherapy: Many of our modern chemotherapies originated with plants or other natural compounds. One example is Paclitaxel (taxol) came from the pacific yew tree. Chemotherapies go through rigorous trials to test safety and efficacy. Although there may be potential benefit, most over the counter herbs or herbal remedies have never been tested for safety or efficacy. ...Read more

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What can I do to gain fat fast before chemotherapy?

Not necessary: You do not want to go into chemotherapy fat. You should continue with a healthy diet that you enjoy. Gaining weight has no advantage prior to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Preparing to start chemotherapy.....Why do I need an echocardiogram first?

Preparing to start chemotherapy.....Why do I need an echocardiogram first?

Echo & chemo: Frequently prior to starting chemo patients have an echo to asses their lv function. This is done prior to starting the chemo and at the conclusion of treatment. Some types of chemo have a toxic effect on the heart and can cause a weakening of the heart muscle, and the echo is done to evaluate your heart to make sure it is normal. ...Read more

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What to eat in preparation for chemotherapy? Should you focus on lots of vegetables so you will be very strong for it?

Protein, protein: You need to keep up your weight, if possible, when going through chemotherapy. Depending on the type of meds used you may be too nauseous to eat enough calories. Ensure is palatable and supplies lots of calories. Vegetables don't have much protein - but certain ones do - beans are particularly good. ...Read more

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What effects can I expect from velcade (bortezomib) chemotherapy?

What effects can I expect from velcade (bortezomib) chemotherapy?

Several: Low blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy (numbness and/or tinging) of the fingers and/or toes, nausea, diarrhea and low blood counts are the most common side-effects of bortezomib. There are many less common side-effects. ...Read more

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Use of Decadron (dexamethasone) prior to chemotherapy?

Use of Decadron (dexamethasone) prior to chemotherapy?

Common practice: Used to prevent allergic reactions as well as for an anti-emetic (anti-nausea). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should I take any additional precautions whilst having sex during my chemotherapy regime?  

Should I take any additional precautions whilst having sex during my chemotherapy regime?  

Condoms!: Chemo drugs are present in semen and vaginal secretions, so whether you are a man or woman, it's best to use condoms to protect your partner from exposure to chemo. Also, you may be at higher risk of infection and/or bleeding during sex depending on your blood counts, so ask your doctor if it's safe. And you may need to use more lubrication than you once did. Otherwise, go for it! ...Read more

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What diet should take after chemotherapy?

What diet should take after chemotherapy?

Avoid sugar: Sugar feeds cancer, so avoid sugar and any refined carbohydrates. Eat lots of organic greens. Drink lots of water. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from low WBC after chemotherapy (r-cvp for stage 2 diffuse large b-cell lymphoma) for a very elderly (85y) patient?

What is the best way to recover from low WBC after chemotherapy (r-cvp for stage 2 diffuse large b-cell lymphoma) for a very elderly (85y) patient?

It depends.: R-cvp is a relatively milder regimen and therefore it does not usually result in very low wbcs. In general, modest decrease in WBC is expected and is not associated with higher risk for infections unless WBC become very low with neutrophil count below 500. If this is the case, you doctor may decide to use a growth factor given after chemotherapy to stimulate your bone marrow to produced wbcs. ...Read more

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