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Doctor insights on: Chemotherapy Patients Around Pregnant Women

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Can chemotherapy harm your baby if you're pregnant?

Can chemotherapy harm your baby if you're pregnant?

Complicated: Surprisingly, there are many chemotherapies that are well tolerated in pregnancy, for both mother and baby. That said, its a serious issue that has to be handled on a case by case basis with a high risk OB and an oncologist. ...Read more

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What helps nausea the best among chemotherapy patients?

What helps nausea the best among chemotherapy patients?

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

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How are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

How are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

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

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Is it still possible to get pregnant after chemotherapy for hodgkin's?

Is it still possible to get pregnant after chemotherapy for hodgkin's?

Yes: It is possible for women who have been treated with chemotherapy for hodgkin's to get pregnant. There are step that can be considered to increase your odds. Most oncologist now discuss those option before starting treatment and refer patients to a fertility specialist. ...Read more

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Why is there a chemotherapy shortage and a waiting list for cancer patients?

Why is there a chemotherapy shortage and a waiting list for cancer patients?

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

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Hello Is chemotherapy treatment affects people around the patient? Thank you :)

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Is chemotherapy treatment affects people around the patient?
Thank you :)

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

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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

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Can you tell me some post-cancer patients willing to answer a few questions regarding their chemotherapy experience?

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

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How many days after radiotherapy should chemotherapy be taken? If too soon, does the patient get really really sick?

How many days after radiotherapy should chemotherapy be taken? If too soon, does the patient get really really sick?

It depends: 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

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Stoping chemotherapy is it bad for the patient?

Stoping chemotherapy is it bad for the patient?

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

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Which type of chemotherapy do patients with apl get?

Which type of chemotherapy do patients with apl get?

Chemo + ATRA: Usually an anthracycline, typically daunorubicin. Also all trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Sometimes cytarabine is used as well. Now some of the protocols don't use any chemotherapy. Now some are treated with Arsenic Trioxide and ATRA. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why our body heat up during summer? Especially for patients who had chemotherapy. Pl answer me

Doesn't: Body temp only varies by a few degrees at most. You feel hot in summer because of temperature outside. May be more sensitive to sensations after chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can an 18 old girl who has had chemotherapy still get pregnant later in life?

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

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Greetings, is it true that red meet is not good for cancer patients, who are taking chemotherapy ? If yes then why ?

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

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Can a patient currently going through chemotherapy take medicine for anxiety and anger if he feels he became sensistive and angry always?

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

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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.

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

Dr. Devon Webster
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