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Chemotherapy Patients Around Pregnant Women
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Medication!: There are excellent medications to prevent chemo-related nausea and vomiting. Ondansetron (zofran) and aprepitant (emend) are two of the strongest. Ativan (lorazepam) and Dexamethasone are commonly added. Different things work for different people, and we can almost always find a combination that works for everyone. This is a good review article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cancer/ca00030. ...Read more
Surgery!: Cancer has been around since humans have been around. Breast cancer was documented as early as 1600 BC. The earliest treatments for cancer were surgical removal of the tumor. Unfortunately, this didn't cure many cancers. For a great history of cancer treatment, read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. ...Read more
Variable: There has been some difficulty in getting hold of some of the older Generic drugs. Many companies have stopped making them because of the smaller profit margin. FDA has responsibility in working on this issue but it may take government intervention. In the meantime, your oncologist can often substitute another drug in place of the unavailable drug in most cases. Canada is another source to import ...Read more
Yes and NO:
IF your question is does chemo directly affect others, then the answer is no---Not by contamination, etc
Chemo certainly does affect those "close" to the patient receiving the treatment, psychologically it is difficult to watch someone having chemo with the side effects they may get. ...Read more
Do doctors use any special criteria when deciding whether or not an elderly patient should undergo chemotherapy?
Yes: There is always an evaluation to decide whether chemotherapy will have benefit at any age. The same goes for the elderly. In general, something called "performance status" is a major deciding factor. Also one must evaluate the potential benefits of chemotherapy based upon a person's age and expected longevity. Surprisingly, many elderly patients with a good performance status do quite well. ...Read more
Can you tell me some post-cancer patients willing to answer a few questions regarding their chemotherapy experience?
Slammer time!!!: We can't give you names of patients unless we want to end up without a license and wearing an orange jumpsuit. I would suggest you visit your local american cancer society office. They have volunteers who may be able to help you. Also, if you have cancer, your oncologist's office may do support groups in which you may be able to participate. ...Read more
How many days after radiotherapy should chemotherapy be taken? If too soon, does the patient get really really sick?
There is no single answer. In early breast cancer the delay might be 4 weeks. In lung cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers the treatments are given together to get the best treatment effect and shrinkage of the cancer.
When these treatments are given together the doses and schedules are often changed to reduce side effects. Most patient are able to take these treatments without excess problem. ...Read more
Tough question!: I am assuming the question is about you, but that may not be the case. I wonder if you are thinking of stopping chemotherapy because of side effects of medications. If so, ask your oncologist - there may be other chemotherapy medications that will work as well and give you less side effects. I always wonder about depression, too. Chemo - and cancer - can be a lot to handle. Get support for this! ...Read more
No: As long as you are not sick and take contact precautions as recommended by the doctor, it is not harmful. ...Read more
Yes, usually: If your menstrual cycle has come back, you can get pregnant! however, many women who have had chemotherapy in their adolescent or early adult years will go into menopause early. If you haven't had chemotherapy yet, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about ways to preserve your fertility. They can now harvest eggs from your ovaries and store them for later use. ...Read more
What are the health risks of my pregnancy since I just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception?
Greetings, is it true that red meet is not good for cancer patients, who are taking chemotherapy ? If yes then why ?
Undercooked meat?: I can think of no chemotherapies that would be adversely affected by the consumption of red meat. The only thing i can think of is patients on chemo can become quite immunosuppressed, thus they should not consume items that pose a greater than average risk for infection, such as undercooked red meat. ...Read more
Can a patient currently going through chemotherapy take medicine for anxiety and anger if he feels he became sensistive and angry always?
Get an evaluation: I'm sorry you're going through a difficult time emotionally and physically. The stress can certainly make anxiety and anger worse. Ask the doctor overseeing your chemotherapy for a referral to a psychiatrist to evaluate you for medication to help your mood. Also ask about support groups to attend. Connecting with others going through similar illness can make a huge difference. Best wishes. ...Read more
Do most cancer patients who receive chemotherapy have a port installed into their chest? I know this is a way to deliver chemo drugs into body.
Yes for Venous Acces:
Most chemo is given via the veins of your arms but it can cause quite a bit of burning pain. Moreover the veins tend to close down(thrombosed) ,so you would soon run out of the veins of your arms.
In order to avoid this problem oncologists like to use a long catheter(PICC line) or insert a Port(which is a surgical procedure).So there are 3 ways to access the veins...your oncologist should explain. ...Read more
Consultation: Chemo is tough on the body and can cause multiple things to occur. Talk to your Doctor about what you are finding. They need to know to property schedule to correct type and dosage of chemo. ...Read more
What are some words of wisdom for a patient about to endure an "alkylating agent" chemotherapy drug?
For any chemo:: Know about the potential side effects but do not expect to have them. Keep a log of symptoms without getting obsessed by it. Be honest with yourself and your doc regarding side effects. If a chemo is damaging your quality of life significantly, you need to say it. Your doc can't know if you don't tell. ...Read more
Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?
Maybe: A positive attitude is just as important to treatment as is the treatment in my opinion. I think the body recovers faster if hope is not lost. ...Read more
How effective is chemotherapy irinotecan for a liver met and node.? Does it only work in some patients ?
Good drug: Irinotecan hydrochloride or Camptosar, (irinotecan) CPT-11 is a chemotherapy drug made from a plant alkaloid known as a topoisomerase I inhibitor. It works by blocking an enzyme in cells called topoisomerase I. needed to keep DNA in shape when dividing. The drug useful in metastatic colon cancer to liver where it can convert the mets to resectable. ...Read more
Can you tell me which are the risks of my pregnancy since i just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception.?
Probably none: but you would have to give the specifics of what chemo/drug regimens you used. This would really be best answered by the doctors (oncologists) who managed the chemo. Best of luck! ...Read more
Are there any side effects of taking a warm bath immediately after a chemotherapy patient takes one? Any danger of absorbing the chemo?
No problem: If chemotherapy employed and there is no problem with BP, oral meds cant be affected in terms of absorption from GI tact by taking warm bath. If meds were given intravenously they are already in circulation and their distribution to the organs of the body are similarly unaffected. ...Read more
How to maintain health for a patient who had acute leukemia before, diagnos on september2012, went for chemotherapy for 4 times, finish at march 2013.
Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle is the best course to follow. This includes daily exercise(walking is the best but any physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes...More is even better) and healthful diet. A healthy diet is low in fat (no animal fats, if possible) and is predominantly plant based diet with ample amount veggies and fruits with each meal. You should have ample proteins in yur diet(fish/nuts). ...Read more
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