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Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

See below: Radiation therapy is not commonly used in the initial management of ovarian cancer; the role of radiation therapy is typically limited to palliation of symptoms if the cancer has spread somewhere else and is causing pain or other localized problems. In this case, the side effects depend heavily on the organ being treated but typically are very manageable. ...Read more

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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Many: Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of Xeloda (capecitabine) for cancer?

What are the possible side effects of Xeloda (capecitabine) for cancer?

Multiple: Depressed blood counts, diarrhea, esophagitis, hepatic failure, irritation of your palms & soles, fatigue, mouth ulcers, numbness, lack of appetite, and swelling are some of the more common side effects. ...Read more

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What side effects has sunitinib in treatment for renal cancer?

What side effects has sunitinib in treatment for renal cancer?

Variable: Common side effects include low blood counts, skin rash, mild nausea, mild diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores, increased blood pressure, lowered thyroid function; these can be closely monitored and dose changes of sunitinib can help reducing side effects. Less common side effects include liver damage and heart issues. ...Read more

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Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Depends: On how low in the rectum the cancer is and what modes of treatment are proposed or undertaken. If it is low it may indeed affect continence and a permanent colostomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Xeloda (capecitabine) and neotherapy for cancer?

What are the side effects of Xeloda (capecitabine) and neotherapy for cancer?

Xeloda (capecitabine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a699003.html if any concern, please see your oncologist and discuss further with your md. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Talk to your doctor: There are specific side effects for each medication. Different regimens are used, your doctor can talk to you in detail about the planned treatment and the potential side effects. ...Read more

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What can be the side effects of prostate cancer treatment?

What can be the side effects of prostate cancer treatment?

Depends: 1. Confined to prostate - options include surgery, radiation, and radiation seeds/similar. 2. Prostate cancer spread - Lupron (leuprolide) injections, casodex, taxotere are usually initial treatments. Side effects of all these treatments varies. I would suggest a conversation with your oncologist or urologist regarding the recommended treatment and options. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Radiation intends to kill cancers but always accompanying its collateral injury to all the tissues projected through. As a result, nature or features of all injured tissues may ensue leading to less ability to function and self-repair. Hence, urinary and/or fecal frequency, bleeding from rectum or bladder, etc. may develop. At times, feeling some tiredness may also happen to few. Generally, rare. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

Several: Hair loss, nausea, fatigue, risk for infection. However, the incidence of nausea is a lot less now with newer medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is avastin (bevacizumab) a good treatment for metastic colon cancer ? Are the side effects harsh ?

Is avastin (bevacizumab) a good treatment for metastic colon cancer ? Are the side effects harsh ?

GOOD MEDICINE: avastin (bevacizumab) indicated for first line and second line treatment for metastatic colorectal carcinoma in combination with 5-Fluorouracil based chemotherapy side effect is long like weakness,hypertension,vomiting you can google the medicine and you can get the long list follow with your oncologist good luck ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for liver cancer?

Depends on Treatment: The side effects depend on the type of treatment, the medications used, the patient, diet, etc. It is best to discuss this with your treating doctor on what to expect and how to deal with it. ...Read more

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Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

YES: External beam: skin becomes red, swollen, warm, and sensitive, as if sunburn which subsides gradually in four to six weeks. Possible side effects: erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms of frequency, bleeding, or, rarely, incontinence. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of colon cancer?

Are there long-term effects of colon cancer?

Maybe: Colon cancer is dangerous unless treated and surgically removed, and can spread to lymph nodes or other organs such as the liver. It can grow and block the intestine, or bleed slowly and cause anemia. Once it is treated, if found early, there may be little or no long term problems. ...Read more

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What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

Need More Info: The side effects of both surgery and radiation therapy are dependent on the specific type of cancer that is being treated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for uterine cancer?

What are the side effects of treatment for uterine cancer?

Bleeding, pain, etc: Treatment may cause many of the same issues as the diaease but they will go away. Surgery is usually required and soreness associated with healing can occur. Additionally removal of ovaries may b done and cause hormonal changes. Often pts need radiation and possibly chemotherapy. Radiation can cause temporary irritation in your bladder or rectum. These side effects should pass after few months. ...Read more

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Cancer Treatment (Definition)

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