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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
28 years in practice
1M people helped
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What is chemotherapy made up of?

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
28 years in practice
1M people helped
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. Adam Smith
Board Certified
12 years in practice
381K people helped
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
2M people helped
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Can you please tell me what exactly is chemotherapy like and how do I help my mom through it?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
2M people helped

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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Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified
12 years in practice
381K people helped
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
25 years in practice
1M people helped
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What is the definition or description of: chemotherapy?

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
25 years in practice
1M people helped
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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
3M people helped
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Describe experiences with pcv chemotherapy?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
3M people helped
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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Dr. Adam Smith
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12 years in practice
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
9M people helped
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Can you tell me is chemotherapy ever used in psychaiatry?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
9M people helped
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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Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
12 years in practice
4K people helped
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Tell me about chemotherapy after mastectomy and tissue expander?

Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
12 years in practice
4K people helped
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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
18 years in practice
13M people helped
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What information do I have to bring along to do the chemotherapy?

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
18 years in practice
13M people helped

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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Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
3M people helped
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Is fruits and vegetables pills safe for chemotherapy?

Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
3M people helped
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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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
16 years in practice
6M people helped
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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?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
16 years in practice
6M people helped

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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Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
13 years in practice
836K people helped
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How dangerous is chemotherapy?

Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
13 years in practice
836K people helped

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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Dr. Adam Smith
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