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Does Aromatherapy Help With Nausea In Cancer Patients
Good programs: The va has comprehensive eye examinations available (ask for an ophthalmologist exam - not optometric) which can identify the source of low vision - eyeglass need, surface injury, blast injury, nerve damage, retinal damage, cortex damage. Programs of rehabilitation, low vision training, mobility, compensation , etc are all available. ...Read more
"Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and ...Read more
Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?
Metastatic melanoma: Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are almost always cured by excision. These make up the large majority of Florida skin cancers .There are malignant melanomas that went unnoticed for too long and have spread / metastasized often benefit from chemotherapy, especially a remarkable new agent. ...Read more
Perhaps: Whenever one of my patients wants to use natural or alternative therapy for a problem. I always ask them to show me exactly what it is they are taking. Some things may help, some things may really do nothing at all, but some things may have bad side effect when combine with other medicines. Your doctor can cross check your alternative medicines with whatever they order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
symptom relief: Marijuana is not an anti-cancer product. It can help with some of the side effects of cancer chemotherapy and some of the general metabolic ill feeling from metastatic cancer. The major problem with it is that it is federally illegal (although 'legal' in some states). We need improved laws regarding this generally benign agent. ...Read more
Can you recommend natural remedies for someone with her-2 positive breast cancer, or breast cancer in general?
Sorry, no...: Your best approach is to see a board certified oncologist. Most women with breast cancer will leave to die of some other process - only about 8-9 % actually die of the disease. If "natural remedies" worked better than traditional, evidence-based therapies, we would all be using them. Good luck. ...Read more
Stage dependent: Postoperative therapy is stage dependent. For stage 1 cancer usually just follow-up is enough; for high-risk stage 2 cases chemotherapy or clinical trials are considered; for all stage 3 and 4 cases chemotherapy is recommended; radiation is usually not required unless tumor was attached to other structures or couldn't be entirely removed for example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Especially with teenagers. Always monitor how a medication is effecting you (positive or negative) and report it to your doctor. ...Read more
Why do so many chemo's fail to shrink cancer cells in some people? Would radiation do a better job? (such as with colon cancer, stage 4)?
Dna of tumor: There is a wide variation in the aggressiveness and tumor responsiveness from one patient to another and even in the same patient's tumor over time. Tumors have been shown to change their dna over time, changing the effectiveness of chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells. Radiation is limited by the location and sensitivity of surrounding local tissues to radiation damage. ...Read more
How does deep sedation stop refractory vomiting? Like in people with cyclic vomiting syndrome for.Instance who r unresponsive to antiemetics?
What is a tolerable diet to help prevent or worsen the pain associated with pancreatic cancer, while providing optimal nutrition?
2 issues: I think there are 2 issues you bring up. Humanly people with pancreatic cancer are digestive enzyme deficient, and thus don't absorb nutrients well. Replacement enzymes are available in pill form-pancrealipase might help. The trade name is creon. Pain is a separate issue that needs to be controlled with analgesics. Medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and hydromorphone ... ...Read more
Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?
Has anyone here had experience with mild cognitive impairment (mci) patient and does it progress to Alzheimer's or not?
A few extra points.: Mci is the first indication of a cognitive problem, and usually involves an only memory the amnestic mci pt can get alzheimer's about 90% in 10 yrs, but 10% stay ok. If the mci involves organizational skills, or awareness, or includes hallucinations, this group may develop parkinson's or frontotemporal dementia. Many doctors might use meds on mci pts early protectively. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What does a stage 4 cancer (at home) patient do when he/she can not tolerate the vomiting/nausea as side effects from pain prescriptions? Suffer?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will Melatonin (10 mg) help relieve stress/depression-induced insomnia for a patient with postoperative breast cancer? Any side effects(such as addiction or hormone change)?
None that I know of bit here is a good over-view of the side effects:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-940-melatonin.aspx?activeingredientid=940 ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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