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What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more

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Are people with chemotherapy at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

Are people with chemotherapy at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

Shouldn't be: This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not. ...Read more

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What are some potential complications to lymphoma under chemotherapy treatment?

What are some potential complications to lymphoma under chemotherapy treatment?

Many possible: Some are more likely than others and they depend in part on the specific treatment and physical condition but, among others: low white cells causing infection, anemia, low platelets causing bleeding, heart, liver, or kidney problems, and others. Enough to write a book. Talk to your doc about what may specifically apply to you. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a port that gets implanted into the chest of a patient before undergoing chemotherapy? General anesthesia and ?

Can you tell me about a port that gets implanted into the chest of a patient before undergoing chemotherapy? General anesthesia and ?

Access Vein: Implanted port is to access vein for chemotherapy and not to use peripheral vein freouently especially in pediatrics because start iv, is very difficult in children because the vein are very small . ...Read more

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Port insertion for chemotherapy should be done by cardiovascular or general surgeon?

Either: Both types of surgeons likely would have the expertise and knowledge for placement of a vascular port. Ask your family doctor or oncologist which doctor in your area may have the most experience or expertise with this procedure. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy?

What is chemotherapy?

Drugs for cancer: Various drugs are using alone or in combination to treat cancer. Collectively, they are called chemotherapy and can be used as single agents or in combinations. Many times biologic agents such as antibodies are also grouped in this category because the are used to fight cancer as well. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy: Is a fairly broad term to describe medications given to treat cancer. This is not necessarily limited to intravenous drugs. ...Read more

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How chemotherapy works?

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a very broad term. Each agent works differently. Some replace parts of the dna of fast growing cells, some attack the way dna is repaired, some block very specific receptors needed for the cancer to grow. ...Read more

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What's chemotherapy like?

What's chemotherapy like?

Individualized: Some people tolerate chemotherapy well, and some have very severe side effects, usually weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and/or hair loss depending on what specific treatment you are using. The younger the better able you are to tolerate the side effects. ...Read more