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Chemotherapy Make Infertile
Yes: Chemotherapy can be even more damaging when patients are at the later part of their reproductive years. Ask your oncologist for a referral to a fertility specialist who can offer treatments such as egg and/or embryo preservation before you begin chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues. The. ...Read more
Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: This is a great question! chemotherapy can damage your eggs or sperm, so it's vital that you talk about your desire to have children before starting chemotherapy! Men can bank sperm before chemotherapy and women can bank eggs/embryos. Many types of chemotherapy can make you infertile depending on your age, but you can safely have children later if you've planned ahead and stored your "stuff"! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are a few: Chemotherapy has side effects but they can be controlled with counter drugs. Side effects may come in the form of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, low blood counts which can lead to infections. So a close monitoring is required and antidotes to prevent these side effects are used as needed. ...Read more
Topical chemotherapy: Chemotherapy refers to the treatment of conditions with drugs, and often is applied to the use of anti-cancer agents (but may also be applied to others). Topical means that it is applied directly to the lesion in question and is not taken systemically (by mouth or injection) and meant to get the lesion through the blood stream. Hope this is clear. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It will depend on the type of cancer & the biology of cancer. Different cancer requires different approach and treatment. However I think the answer is a targeted therapy specifically targeted to the mutated receptors in cancer cells. The best story of effective therapy of cancer in modern chemotherapy era is the story of Gleevec (imatinib) for cml. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemotherapy 1980: In my opinion. The most important development was the discovery and the use of antiemetics. The medications that prevent nausea and vomiting. This discovery made chemo. Bearable and many patients were able to tolerate it. ADD to this the discovery and use of growth hormones like neupogen, neulasta (pegfilgrastim) and procrit that helped shortening of the periods on neutropenia and we are able to give r the doses ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kept in positon: Most chemotherapeutic agents are delivered intravenously while a few can be given orally. With IV therapy which is given over several hrs the patient is kept in a lounge chair. Because of toxicity to the veins when given iv, a port is usually placed in the subclavian vein and placed under the skin where the IV line can easily be introduced. ...Read more
Depends: Some protocols give chemo daily x 5 days, others x2 or x3. Yet others administer it as a continuous drip with a portable pump for weeks at a time. It depends on the drug and the program. ...Read more
Maybe: Chemo can definitely reduce fertility. I discuss fertility with all patients of childbearing age, and offer sperm banking to men, and referral to a fertility expert for egg harvest for women. Menstruation after chemo is generally a marker for fertility. Chemo can induce damage to the genes in sperm and eggs, and patients shouldn't conceive during chemo due to risk of birth defects. ...Read more
Possible: Chemotherapy is a broad term for a large number of drugs used alone or in combination. Also the doses vary depending upon the disease. The are also variations in individual's susceptibility. There are also a large number of drugs used to combat side effects. I can only say that it can be anything from very toxic to mild depending on the situation. ...Read more
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