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Chemotherapy Drugs Medication
Varies with each dru: Many of the older drugs, widely used even now, are not too expensive. This includes nearly all of Chemotherapy drugs. The more modern drugs called targeted agents are more expensive, typically costing 6K-10K USD per rmonth. The brand new drugs in the last 5 years have started costing 10K-12K USD/month, which has created a lot of unrest in the medical community as it is no longer affordbable. ...Read more
Many things: Chemotherapy kills cells that rapidly divide. These include hair cells and cells lining your stomach, intestines and mouth, and blood cells. Different chemotherapies have different side effects, but many cause hair loss, diarrhea and indigestion, mouth sores and decreased blood counts. Some cause heart damage, hearing loss, or nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drug vs. effects: Most chemotherapy drugs are "out" of one's system in hours to days. However, the biological effects of the drugs may be much longer. Some drugs such as Rituximab or Fludarabine may suppress the immune system for many months after discontinuation. ...Read more
Your physician will: Know your specific chemotherapy medications, your state of health and you can share information about which ever specific sleeping medications you are considering with him or her. You may be taking medications beyond your chemotherapy drugs. I think it would it be in your best interest to discuss this one with your physician. ...Read more
About chemotherapy drugs, how can we reduce the diarrhea
caused by them!?Is it safe to use lupramide for these patients, oe not?
Chemo and diarrhea: Some chemo can cause diarrhea or other GI problems. You need to make sure you hydrate yourself well- fluids-fluids-fluids. Gatorade or pedialite would be good. If you think about antidiarrhea- you need to make sure that it is not infectious diarrhea- no bloody stool, no mucuous, no fever. Discuss with your oncologist in detail. If diarrhea continues for 2 days or so, you may need IV fluids +/- abx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do chemotherapy drugs designed to fight cancer also commonly cause a person's hair to fall out?
Chemo hair loss: Chemo affects the anagen phase (growing phase of hair follicle). This type of hair loss is associated with chemotherapy because the toxic effect of the chemotherapy that is designed to stop the cancer cells from growing and dividing. Chemotherapy is not selective and it negatively impacts all cells-healthy and cancerous- including hair follicles. ...Read more
Can you tell me about the long term side effects from the chemotherapy drugs adriamycin (doxorubicin) and cytoxin?
TWO MAJOR ONES: Adriamycin (doxorubicin) and Cytoxan is a great combination regimen used in breast cancer. The major long term side effects for both of these drugs is secondary leukemias, risk is around 1%. For adriamycin (doxorubicin) there is a concern for cardiotoxicity, but risk rises with cumulative dose. Risk is less than 10%. Patients get an echocardiogram or muga scan prior to therapy to evaluate heart status. Talk to your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?
Yes, many!: There are very few chemotherapy drugs that can not be used due to a heart condition. So your oncologist can easily find and use an alternative chemo drug. But you need to tell us your diagnosis, both of the Cancer type and the name of your heart condition.Then we can guide you even better. ...Read more
Can chemotherapy drugs given as an infusion produce a temporary low diastolic blood pressure result?
Chemo side effects: Chemotherapy can produce transient fall in blood pressure could be part of allergic reaction when chemotherapy is actually biologic one like Rituximab or other monoclonals or due to the chemo therapy itself affecting the heart causing arythmias like flurouracil or or anthracyclines. It is usually tolerable and the treatment staying in supine position and lots of intravenous fluids. ...Read more
Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?
Not really: Remember that chemo given after surgery is meant to treat potentially existing microscopic deposits of cells and thus improve the odds of surviving cancer, not to treat cancer that we can see and measure. For that reason, only time will tell if it was successful. From now on, it is time for surveillance. Be alert but don't live in fear. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat certain cancers as well as other non-cancer conditions. In the oncology world, we don't think of it as "chemotherapy" because it is a monoclonal antibody that is selective. We use the term chemotherapy for drugs that non-specifically kill fast-growing cells. We call Rituxan (rituximab) a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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