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Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

YES: Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease that is typically treated initially with chemotherapy (usually with IV Cytoxan or cyclophosphamide). Once the disease is in remission, oral therapies are typically used in place of the IV chemotherapy. Steroids are also commonly used. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is a condition that consists of muscle pain and weakness, mainly at the thighs leading to difficulty standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Polymyositis ...Read more


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Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Depends on severity : Steroids are the mainstay of treatment but have short and long term side effects this must be weighed against how well the ttreatment controls the disease the " chemotherapy " is the second line drugs used to control the disease if steroids fail or become too toxic the most common drug is Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) that comes in an oral or IV form more nove, agents such as rituximabstill have used that do not hav. ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to treat advanced lymphoma other than chemotherapy?

Are there any other ways to treat advanced lymphoma other than chemotherapy?

It depends: Depending on the stage of the disease and type of lymphoma, radiotherapy is also used. You see there are HL and NHL. It will help to know the stage and the type of lymphoma ...Read more

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Which chemicals are used during chemotherapy to treat non-cancerous diseases?

Which chemicals are used during chemotherapy to treat non-cancerous diseases?

Supportive care Meds: Patients receiving chemotherapy do have other issues such as nausea/Vomiting and disease related symptoms which may include pain. The symptom control is an important part of pateint care. This requires other chemicals (medicines) such as anti-nausea medication, using one or more drugs including Dexamethasone a commonly used steroid(for a few days). Most patients need a second anti-nausea medicatio ...Read more

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Please explain why people lose their hair when they are treated with chemotherapy?

Please explain why people lose their hair when they are treated with chemotherapy?

Chemo stops their gr: Chemo stops all cell growth. So any cells that are fast growing, which includes skin, nails and hair, they will stop growing. But this growth interference only lasts as long as chemotherapy is continuing. Once you stop taking chemotherapy, hair start growing in one month. They often recover fully in 3-4 months. ...Read more

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He was diagnosed for ALL and is on chemotherapy. Now he is having HLH. How can this be treated and is it curable?

He was diagnosed for ALL and is on chemotherapy. Now he is having HLH. How can this be treated and is it curable?

More info: ???HLH there is a condition which is associated with infection and is an immune disorder! This is very serious and not "curable" but I'M NOT SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU MEAN! Ask question again with FULL NAME OF THE DISORDER Hope this Helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Do I need chemotherapy to treat insulinoma?

Do I need chemotherapy to treat insulinoma?

Likely not!: Please go to the "U.S. National Library of Medicine" or "MedlinePlus" and search for Insulinoma. You will find all of the information you should need. More than 90% of insulinomas are not cancerous. ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

YES: Yes, assuming you mean the large intestine (colon cancer). Small intestine cancer is very rare and yes chemotherapy has been used in this setting but we have limited data. Also it's important to note that not all bowel cancers require chemotherapy. The oncologist will help you decide on best option. ...Read more

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Where can I do to get treated for polymyositis?

Where can I do to get treated for polymyositis?

Rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. First to confirm that this indeed is the right diagnosis, and second, to evaluate the needs for medicines. Immunosuppressives are used to control disease activity. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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