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How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

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

Chemotherapy Drugs (Definition)

These drugs are various agents that are toxic to growing cells. There are a large number of these drugs that target different parts of the cells growth mechanisms. They are also toxic to normal cell which accounts ...Read more


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What do chemotherapy drugs do to your body?

What do chemotherapy drugs do to your body?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: chemotherapy drugs?

Cancer drugs: These drugs are various agents that are toxic to growing cells. There are a large number of these drugs that target different parts of the cells growth mechanisms. They are also toxic to normal cell which accounts for the side effects. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for chemotherapy drugs to get out of one's system?

How long does it usually take for chemotherapy drugs to get out of one's system?

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

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In what ways can chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system?

In what ways can chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system?

Certain drugs: Effect micro-tubules: te "v" drugs, vincriine, vinblastine, and the taxames too. These form the mitotic spindle in dividing cells. But similar tubules are involved in ionic transport in nerve conduction and the drugs mess up causinig numbness and tingling. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I take chemotherapy drugs and sleeping pills at the same time?

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

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What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with hazardous chemotherapy drugs?

What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with hazardous chemotherapy drugs?

Zero: People working with cancer-fighting drugs did not have a higher risk of cancer themselves. ...Read more

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What are the best chemotherapy drugs for non hodgkin lymphoma?

What are the best chemotherapy drugs for non hodgkin lymphoma?

This depends: Non-hodgkin lymphoma comprises many different types of lymphoma. "best" treatment depends upon the subtype of lymphoma. Regimens for b-cell lymphoma include rituximab, and for t-cell do not. Chop, fcr, bendamustine are some of the regimens available. ...Read more

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About chemotherapy drugs, how can we reduce the diarrhea caused by them!? Is it safe to use lupramide for these patients, oe not?

About chemotherapy drugs, how can we reduce the diarrhea<side_effect> 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 more

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Why do chemotherapy drugs designed to fight cancer also commonly cause a person's hair to fall out?

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

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Can you tell me about the long term side effects from the chemotherapy drugs adriamycin (doxorubicin) and cytoxin?

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 more

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Generally, are there any chemotherapy drugs out on the market that are proven safe for heart patients with existing arrhythmia?

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

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Can chemotherapy drugs given as an infusion produce a temporary low diastolic blood pressure result?

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

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Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?

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 more

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What are the names of chemotherapy's drugs in pill form?

Tthere are quite a f: Most chemo drugs are available injectable form only. The few that are in tablet form include capecitabine (Xeloda), Methotrexate and cyclophosphamide. The more modern, so called targeted drugs developed in the last 10-15 years are mostly made in tablet form. ...Read more

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Are the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy the same?

Are the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy the same?

No: Different drugs and drug combinations are used for different cancers. ...Read more

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Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

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 more

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Why do chemotherapy regimens consist of multiple drugs instead of just one?

Sometimes not: Your oncologist will search out the most likely single or combination program, that you can tolerate to kill the cancer with out killing you... To put it bluntly. This takes a great deal of experience and trials with close follow up of your response to manage. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy - can the drugs effect those around me and what can I do to protect them?

Chemotherapy - can the drugs effect those around me and what can I do to protect them?

No effect: While chemotherapy in general is delivered intravenously and occasionally taken orally there is no effect on individuals who do not come in direct contact with the chemotherapeutic agent. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recieve another chemotherapy drug if a person has a reaction to a certain chemo drug?

Yes you can: Drug allergies to chemo drugs are rare. If you have allergy to one of them, it is unlikely that you will have the same problem with other chemo drugs. So your oncologist will be happy to switch you to other drugs most of the time. ...Read more

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I asked the question before if rytuxin was a chemotherapy drug. 50% of the doctors said no and the other 50% said yes. So what is the true answer?

Chemo: Chemotherapy can have 2 meanings- 1st- is treatment given to kill cancer. 2nd. Many of us use chemotherapy as a term for cytotoxic chemotherapy/regular chemo. Nowadays, in addition to regular cytotoxic chemo, we also have many biological tx/antibody/targeted tx/smart pill etc. Those new therapy are not cytotoxic chemo. Rituxan (rituximab) is an atibody against cd 20-is a targeted tx-not cytotoxic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is imuran/azathioprine a type of chemotherapy drug?

Is imuran/azathioprine a type of chemotherapy drug?

Azathioprine: Not technically a chemotherapy drug more like an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Depends on regimen: There are many people who have kids who previously had been treated for cancer. Oncologists can somewhat predict who may have problems with fertility based on knowing what chemotherapy medications (and their cumulative dose) and what type and location of radiation were given to a patient. Some regimens cause infertility, while others do not, and many regimens fall into a gray area. ...Read more

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How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

Up to 3 months: Chemotherapy leaves the body very quickly, usually within 24 hours. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody, which is a protein. It's half-life is one-week, meaning it takes 7 days for half the amount to be gone from your system, and another 7 days for half of the remaining amount to be gone, etc. Rituxan can still be measured in the blood up to 3 months after a dose! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Why?: Chemotherapy agents are very toxic drugs that require special storage, mixing, and administration. This is to be done by professionals with expertise, not a "weekend oncologist". Do not play with this stuff. You could harm yourself and others. ...Read more

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