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Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS  in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Common drugs for MDS include:1.Azacitidine (Vidaza) 2.Cytarabine (Cytosar-U) 3.Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) 4. Decitabine (Dacogen) 5. Idarubicin (Idamycin) 6.Lenalidomide (Revlimid).Overall, 30 to 40% of patients may benefit. Gene manipulation of own stem cell has cured, patients with severe advanced leukemia, is the future. Pts.reported rapidly to iv infusion, was recently reported ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read more

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Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Several useful drugs: You should be consulting your oncologist to explain what your cancer means in terms of its prognosis and what options of treatment he/she offers you. We have 4- chemo drugs that can be used. The one commonly used is Cisplatin often in combination with either 5-FU or Capecitabine(Xeloda). But there are several variations of chemo which have been tested and found useful. ...Read more

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Does chemotherpay only work on some patients with colon cancer ?

Does chemotherpay only work on some patients with colon cancer ?

Does chemo work: Chemo refers to a multitude of drugs. Just like any drug or medicine we take everyone will react differently to that drug. I know some people who are so sensitive they fall asleep with an aspirin. Cancer cells are unique to each patient and are really just a part of you that are growing out of control. For some pts chemo will work, while for others it may have no effect. ...Read more

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Which type of face mask is best suited for nhl cancer patients? For eg. "curad biomask antiviral isolation mask"

Which type of face mask is best suited for nhl cancer patients? For eg. "curad biomask antiviral isolation mask"

This is fine: But it may be more costly than the ordinary masks. Curad mask is specifically meant to keep the flu virus away. Since influenza season is now almost over, you do not need to spend much money as your risk would be more from bacteria. But do not get too hung upon masks, they are not routinely advised to be used on patients receiving chemotherapy as nearly all infections arise from your own germs! ...Read more

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For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?

For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?

Not long: It is rare to keep all contacts limited on patients just receiving radiation alone. With chemo or in transplant patients that is different story. Radiation is local treatment and rarely suppresses immune system so low by itself that requires quarantine. Follow up of blood work, keeping sick contact to minimum is a good course of action. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Could we use mild topical anesthetic creams for cancer patients?

Could we use mild topical anesthetic creams for cancer patients?

Yes,: but you need to discuss with doctor, depending on condition and area of surface to apply could cause toxicity ...Read more

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Need some basic knlowledge about consolidations chemo treatments for aml npm1 after the first two chemo treaents in the hospital .?

Usually cytarabine: This mutation is associated with responsiveness to chemotherapy. The typical treatment for consolidation is Cytarabine in high dose. There other other types of consolidation programs. Your oncologist should discuss the options in detail. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can women get radiation treatment and chemo while enduring a radical vasectomy?

Can women get radiation treatment and chemo while enduring a radical vasectomy?

Here are some...: Known to us, vasectomy is the surgical means to interrupt sperm transportation for sterilization. I my 46-yr study and practice in urology, I could have remembered any occasion talking about "radical" vasectomy. Besides, are you worrying about radiation and chemo to your partner while her man being treated with both for testicular cancer? So, please detail the specifics and relevance of the Q? ...Read more

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What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

Steroids: If you are asking whether topical steroids have any value for hair loss during chemotherapy, the answer is that they have no value in this condition. ...Read more

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Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. ...Read more

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How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

Early results good: Published results of intraoperative radiation therapy, iort, (targit-a trial) have found no difference as compared to traditional whole-breast radiation therapy in a subset of people at low risk for recurrence. While promising, we await long-term data before expanding this option to more people. To-date, my experience has been very favorable. ...Read more

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Is the gold nano particles (chemo alternative) for lymphomas available for treatment, read article sometime back for this chemo alternative.

Is the gold nano particles (chemo alternative) for lymphomas available for treatment, read article sometime back for this chemo alternative.

Clinical trials: Nanoparticles are not available for standard treatment, however they are currently being evaluated in human clinical trials. Each clinical trial has its own inclusion and exclusion rules. It may be possible to get enrolled on such a study at the current time. To emphasize, we do not know at the current time if these will work worse, the same, or better than conventional treatment. ...Read more

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Will marijuana treat nausea in chemo and HIV patients?

Will marijuana treat nausea in chemo and HIV patients?

Yes, BUT: Marijuana can decrease nausea and increase appetite. However, it has estrogen-like effects which makes it unsafe for women with estrogen-sensitive cancer. It is also illegal in most states. Marinol is a prescription medication containing the active compounds in marijuana. ...Read more

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Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs .. ...Read more

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Dad saw oncologist after symptoms for removal of st1 tongue ca as per nccn guidelines and oncologists dad wont need tx. Is nd needed even w clear margins?

Dad saw oncologist after symptoms for removal of st1 tongue ca as per nccn guidelines and oncologists dad wont need tx. Is nd needed even w clear margins?

Follow your Surgeon': Your/his surgeon's advice should be followed. The need to do a nodal dissection is often based on the depth/thickness of tumor infiltration. If it is > 4mm deep, lymph node dissection is commonly recommended. ...Read more