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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

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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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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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What is the definition or description of: chemotherapy?

What is the definition or description of: chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy: The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat cancers of any type. ...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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Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

No effect: Chemo in the adjuvant setting after mastectomy when given after the wound heals has no effect on reconstructive techniques employed. One can do a tram flap or use tissue expanders and a latissimus flap with no problem. This even holds true when therapeutic doses of chemo are used if metastasis is detected at the time of surgery, should the latter be employed ...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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