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If Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan failed does this mean person with mcrc is chemotherapy resistant ?

If Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan failed does this mean person with mcrc is chemotherapy resistant ?

Maybe: The treatment for metastatic colorectal Ca also includes FOLFOX which includes the platinum drugs as part of the combo. If not yet taken one should consider this protocol. I usually obtain fresh tumor from bx to send for chemosensitization. If these fail, chemo with Erbitux or Avastin (bevacizumab) may prove beneficial. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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What are chemotherapy tablets?

What are chemotherapy tablets?

Pills for cancer: Chemotherapy means drugs used to treat cancer. Most chemotherapy is given by injection, but some important chemotherapy drugs are taken by mouth, either as a tablet or capsule. A chemotherapy tablet is an example of the latter. ...Read more

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How effective is chemotherapy?

How effective is chemotherapy?

It ranges from: Astoundingy beneficial (testis, lymphoma, leukemia. Myeloma, small cell lung) to pretty much worthless ... To any cancer after two lines of treatment, now progressing with weight loss and spending most of the time in bed or chair. ...Read more

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How dangerous is chemotherapy?

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 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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Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

YES.: Chemotherapeutic agents can and do have significant toxicities and can lead to death. So (1) see a reallly good oncologist and (2) reseach carefully what the outcomes are from the agents being used. This is a highly regulated area of medicine - much knowledge is out there. The difficulty, at time, s is that the choices between alternate therapies is confusing. See a good oncologist... ...Read more

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What is the effectiveness of chemotherapy?

Short term help: For most malignancies other than renalcell and breast cancer, when the lesion has metastasized, control works in terms of months and no cure has been noted for solid tumors. Lymphomas are the exception where cure is seen. When a tumor is destroyed by chemo, malignant stem cells replace and regrow the tumor. ...Read more

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What should I expect at a chemotherapy session?

It varies/depends on: It depends on your circumstances. Your doctor or nurse will educate you about what they are going to do to you. Just go with an open mind, it should be an educational experience. If they give you chemotherapy during this 'session', you may also be medicated with anti-nausea medication before chemo is given. This can sometimes make you sleepy. ...Read more

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What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

Oncologists: With current precautions (gloves, mixing under a hood, careful technique) you shouldn't have any more risk than any other kind of nurse. ...Read more

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What is it like to be on vac chemotherapy before?

What is it like to be on vac chemotherapy before?

Need more details: Tell us more about the diagnosis for which this chemo was prescribed? There are also various drugs included in the acronym of VAC. Please spell out the full names of the chemo drugs included in the VAC advised by your doctor. Who is the patient? ...Read more

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If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

Tumor progress: Chemotherapy used in many different ways. It can be used with RT to minimize recurrence after surgery and improve the procedure in a neoadjuvant setting, used post op in an adjuvant setting to reduce recurrence and as a therapeutic in metastatic Ca. While prolonging survival in mets, it has resulted in no cures. Failure to respond to chemo leads to progression and a terminal event. ...Read more

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What exactly is neoadjuvant chemotherapy?

Chemo before surgery: When chemotherapy is given before surgery it's called neoadjuvant. When chemo or radiation is given in addition to and after surgery it's called adjuvant. It is only describing the order of the treatments. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of intrathecal chemotherapy?

CA along meninges: Intrathecal chemotherapy is chemo delivered into the spinal fluid. Commonly, this is done via a device called an Ommaya reservoir, an injection port placed under the scalp and connected to spinal fluid within the brain. Intrathecal chemo is usually the best way to treat cancer which is in the spinal fluid, along the meninges. Depending on tumor type, it can be quite effective. ...Read more

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What is cancer chemotherapy?

Complicated: Chemotherapy is a broad term used to describe a variety of several types of medications used to treat cancer. The medicines may each function quite differently, affect cancer cells and other body cells differently, and are tailored as much ad possible for each person & each type of cancer. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause cancer?

Can chemotherapy cause cancer?

Effects of chemorx: Yes, a potential side negative side effect of chemotherapy is the creation of other neoplasms which may be cancerous. Chemotherapy must be administered carefully under close observation and control of knowledgeable physician; oral chemotherapy entrusts great responsibility to the receiving patient; great care must be taken to dose correctly and as directed. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy control my cancer?

Can chemotherapy control my cancer?

Depends: Every cancer is different and we are even learning that each tumor may act very different depending on its genetic makeup. For example we are learning genetic differences in breast tumors may help us predict who may respond to chemo and what type of chemo. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed after chemotherapy?

Yes: When to rebegin nursing your baby depends upon the type of chemotherapy you received. You will be able to nurse again, but you should contact your oncologist and also your pediatrician and lactation specialist to determine the time. ...Read more

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How does mesna help in chemotherapy?

Less side effects: When Ifosfamide or Cyclophosphamide are used for cancer chemotherapy, they frequently cause inflammation and bleeding in the bladder. Mesna will prevent these side effects in many cases. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy used for all cancers?

Is chemotherapy used for all cancers?

No.: Chemotherapy is only used for cancers that have a significant chance of having spread outside the organ where they have originated. When we talk about the stage of a cancer, we are usually describing the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere". Furthermore, before recommending a particular chemotherapeutic agent, we have to be fairly certain that the cancer will be sensitive to that drug. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

A condition in which it is difficult to pass stools because the stools are too firm or too dry. ...Read more


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Constipation (Definition)

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