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Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Different drugs. : Chemotherapy for a hematologic cancer such as AML differs in the drugs & regimens from an epithelial cancer like prostatic carcinoma. AML typically uses Cytarabine and an anthracycline on a specific schedule. In prostate cancer, docetaxel and cabazitaxel are frequently used drugs. Of note, chemotherapy is not as common a treatment for prostate cancer, where hormonal therapy is often used. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...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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Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Very common: Depending on the cancer site and the stage, these are very frequently complementary and synergistic treatment methods. In select patients they are also combined with surgery. ...Read more

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Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...Read more

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Are chemotherapy and radiation considered cures for all cancers?

Are chemotherapy and radiation considered cures for all cancers?

No: Chemotherapy has only been effective for long durations in the lymphomas. For solid tumors most patients relapse within months and the rule is that there have not been any chemo cures for metastatic solid tumors. RT is very effective in lymphomas and in controlling local recurrences such as in breast Ca.post surgery or eliminating pain in metastatic bone lesions. ...Read more

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After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?

After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?

You can do it!: Stick with it--her-2 positive breast cancer is highly treatable for cure! each component of treatment is helpful and improves outcomes. You can do it! ...Read more

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

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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 kind of life can one expect after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for throat cancer?

What kind of life can one expect after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for throat cancer?

See below: Chemort for throat cancer is some of the toughest treatment around. The side effects are unavoidable but frequently make patients miserable. Mouth and throat pain, dry mouth, and poor taste are nearly universal during treatment. Afterwards, taste returns but is altered, dry mouth usually improves some, and pain typically resolves. There are long term sequelae, but most people adapt and are ok. ...Read more

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Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?

Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?

Discuss with your MD: External radiation and radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer are relatively safe but they have different possible side effects. Radiation therapy may affect nearby structures like nerves affecting vocal cords causing hoarseness. The effects of radioiodine therapy may be: neck tenderness and swellin, nausea and vomiting, swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands, dry mouth and taste changes. ...Read more

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Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3?

Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3?

Yes: In the majority of cases, stage 3 breast cancer needs chemotherapy in order to cure and prevent the cancer from coming back. Speak with your navigator and oncology team and ask questions so you understand the details of treatment and your stage. ...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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How well Does chemotherpay oxyplatin and raltitrexed work for met colon cancer ?

How well
Does chemotherpay oxyplatin and raltitrexed work for met colon cancer ?

Modestly well: Your doctor can address this question better as I do not have details of your tumor sites and bulk of metastases. In general, chemo for metastatic Colon cancer is palliative which means it can be treated and kept under check for months/years but often not curable unless the tumor is amenable to surgical excision following a partial tumor regression with chemotherapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

Recommend chemothera: There are more than one chemotherapy options. Seek advice from a medical oncologist. A combination of Gemcitabine and Nab Paclitaxel is one recently approved treatment regimen. Other drug regimens like FOLFERINOX are also commonly used. ...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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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 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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Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer . Chemo not working well . We are uk Based , can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure ?

Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer . Chemo not working well . We are uk
Based , can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure ?

Yes: Germany can offer TACE ( transarterial chemo-emboliation. While relatively effective one may also use radiolabelled microspheres to replace the chemo portion of the treatment. One has to consider hyperthermic chemo perfusion of the peritoneal cavity since TACE will not effect peritoneal mets. If all fail, protocol available in US for Neo-102 mAb to treat recurrent colon failing other procedur ...Read more

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How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?

Find support: Ask your doctors for leads to good information on exactly what will be done and what to expect - not just once but as treatment progresses. Also get leads to local support groups & reliable literature. It will help if you drop words like "horrors" to true, but less emotional ones. High quality care will evaluate your ability to handle treatment and work w/in safe limits. Psychotherapy can help too. ...Read more

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Is there a special diet I should be following if i’m getting chemo and radiation?

Is there a special diet I should be following if i’m getting chemo and radiation?

Possibly: One example may be if the treatments cause diarrhea we suggest a low fiber diet and have it in written format that lists what to eat and avoid to help control the diarrhea. If we do suggest a diet however its after a symptom develops and the diet is recommended. Higher protein and calories may be needed if the patient is fatigued or losing weight. We guide the patient as needed. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

High protein: There are many high protein, high energy commercially available drinks such as Boost and Ensure. Also try chicken or beef broth, Egg Drop Soup, pudding, yoghurt, ice cream, milk shakes, eggs, etc. consult with a Nutritionist who will have lots of great ideas. ...Read more

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What are chemo and radiation like? Are they painful?

What are chemo and radiation like? Are they painful?

NOT Painful: This is a common misconception among lay people. Chemo is use of drugs. Taking any drug should not be painful. of course if it is an iv injection, there is some short lived discomfort. radiation is use of Rays, they are painless. So try to understand these things than just believing hearsay. ...Read more

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How probable is it that chemo and radiation have shrunk a tumor?

High : Depends on which cancer and also what prior therapy you have had. In general works well in shrinking a tumor ...Read more

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Had chemo and radiation improved over the last 20 years and how so?

Had chemo and radiation improved over the last 20 years and how so?

Yes: Radiation has been developed to give more specific sites of therapy without a penumbra affecting surrounding normal tissue. As such we see use of gamma knife and cyberknife treatment giving high doses in a short period of time to a very localized area. The chemo has added new drugs working thru other mechanisms other than effecting nuclear dna such as the taxanes, gemcitabine and the platinums. ...Read more

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My grandma is taking chemo and radiation, what's the best foods for her to eat?

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Diet: Well balanced food, well cooked and not raw. Try to cut down carbohydrates and red meat especially processed red meat. No alcohol and no cigarette. When taking chemo-many time appetite is affected and decreased. Try to encourage your grandma to still eat her meals. If nauseous, hot food or very cold food may help better than food in room temperature. Best of luck for your grandma. ...Read more

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Are the side effects of chemo and radiation permanent, or will they eventually go away?

Mostly go away: Side effects will usually improve and go away. However minor liveable changes may be permanent. Often patients may say they are not 100% back to normal but close. It depends on many factors and what has been exposed to how much radiation. ...Read more

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Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Very common: Depending on the cancer site and the stage, these are very frequently complementary and synergistic treatment methods. In select patients they are also combined with surgery. ...Read more

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What stage of cancer does someone who has gotten 3 rounds of chemo and radiation have?

What stage of cancer does someone who has gotten 3 rounds of chemo and radiation have?

???: Not enough information to answer the question but if a patient has cancer and is to be treated, it is important that he/she at least know the type and stage as well as the benefits and side effects of the therapy. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Rarely: Femara (letrozole) causes bad side effects for many women. And we've learned that many women stop taking it without telling their doctor. Unfortunately those women have a higher risk of breast cancer returning. Better than stopping is to ask your onc to consider switching to a similar drug, and treat your side effects. I give medication for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone/joint pain. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Is it possible for another type of tumor to grow while i'm having chemo and radiation for oligoastrocytoma?

Yes but unlikely: It is very unlikely you would develop another type of tumor, but possible. If there is a new tumor in the same area, it's more likely the same type of tumor (oligoastrocytoma). Sometimes radiation and chemo causes changes on MRI that look like tumor growth but are not. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors just remove cancerous lungs instead of recommending chemo and radiation?

Why don't doctors just remove cancerous lungs instead of recommending chemo and radiation?

Depends on stage: Surgery is done and recommended for early stage lung cancer. When the disease is more advanced surgery can't remove all the disease so doctors recommend radiation and chemotherapy which works better than surgery for those patients. ...Read more

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I had Hodgkins & Im done chemo and radiation, my mass in the chest is still present, but no further growth is noticed. Why is the mass still present?

I had Hodgkins & Im done chemo and radiation, my mass in the chest is still present, but no further growth is noticed. Why is the mass still present?

Hodgkin: it may just be a necrotic mass due to the therapy. However I would recommend a biopsy to see if there are any alive cells. If yes, then further therapy may be needed ...Read more

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Do prescription cancer pills extend ones life when chemo and radiation does not work?

Do prescription cancer pills extend ones life when chemo and radiation does not work?

Whats the real story: We can not address your question unless you give us exact details of the illness, actual diagnosis and name of the pills that you are talking about. otherwise your question is too broad and general to give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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For what length of time can I live with tonsil cancer if chemo and radiation don't work?

No one can tell: We asses based on life expectancy: years, years to months, months to weeks, weeks to days. With ongoing reassesment. At some point chemo, XRT is no longer recommended , it may even shorten survival. Palliative care includes support to caregiver & patient, pain control, decision for home hospice, emotional and spiritual support, feeding the very weak. Clergy. Etc. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Surgery under arm?: Did you have any surgery under the arm (lymph node biopsy or axillary dissection)? Did you get radiation to the underarm/axilla? These can contribute to the discomfort. You may want to contact your surgeon and get evaluated at a lymphedema clinic. ...Read more

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Is putting dilators on narrowed esophagus due to chemo and radiation is permanent solution and is it surgery ?

Is putting dilators on narrowed esophagus due to chemo and radiation is permanent solution and is it surgery ?

Sometimes: This can relieve symptoms and sometimes be permanent, but sometimes surgery is needed. Try this first. ...Read more

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Severe returned pain in pelvic . 10 month diag. Of nsclc ...Mets...S. 4. Meds doubled oral and patch . No chemo and radiation. Prognosis? Pain help?

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Reconsider chemo: I am sorry that you are suffering from the pain. You may want to reconsider about chemo and radiation therapy. Chemo is the main therapy for stage IV lung cancer-and nowadays therapy is individualized and we do have biologic therapy with less side effects for lung cancer.Chemo is given to relieve symptoms and maintain you quality of life. Radiaton to the pelvic bone may help reduce pain as wel. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get heart disease after chemo and radiation?

Is there any way to get heart disease after chemo and radiation?

Heart failure: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy both can cause cardiac damage. Certain chemotherapeutic agents are more toxic than others and radiation over a critical dosage can be cardiac damaging. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more