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How does chemo affect a persons eyes?

How does chemo affect a persons eyes?

Dry or watery: Most common side effects are watery (5fu) or dry--which can make your eyes feel irritated or scratchy. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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


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Can you please describe the effects of chemo on the eyes?

Can you please describe the effects of chemo on the eyes?

Various: Chemo (i am guessing for tumors not in the eye itself) can have some effects on the eyes. Common ones are tear flow diminution, tear drainage blockage (causing tear overflow), reddening of the surface (usually temporary), ocular muscle changes, optic nerve disruption, central brain vision loss, cataracts (usually from the steroid support) and bleeding (from low platlets). Discuss with oncologist. ...Read more

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Do you always lose your eye brows during chemotherapy?

Do you always lose your eye brows during chemotherapy?

No: Chemo, depending upon the type, can cause hair roots to stop functioning for a while and lead to loss of hair. The lashes a brows are more resistant to this but they can also lose them. It depends upon the type of chemo and the resistance of your body. Fortunately most of this recovers as the chemo course is stopped. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Do chemo eye drops cause a loss of hair?

No such thing: There is no chemotherapy drop. If you are referring to restasis, it actually causes hair growth. ...Read more

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I had lymphoma and went through chemo therapy. My hair is curlyer and my eyes are noticeably lighter, can this be an after effect of chemotherapy? -E

I had lymphoma and went through chemo therapy. My hair is curlyer and my eyes are noticeably lighter, can this be an after effect of chemotherapy? -E

Effects of chemo: Hair will usually come back in a different color and curly after some types of chemo. The hair will eventually grow back to whatever you had before. As to the eye color...I suppose it could be. I've not had pts in 25 years mention it but it seems reasonable. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has testicular cancer that has spread to eye and brain What other treatment other than chemo and radiotherapy can be used?

My boyfriend has testicular cancer that has spread to eye and brain What other treatment other than chemo and radiotherapy can be used?

Forgive my frankness: Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy are by far his best choices. They will probably cure him. If he chooses to reject these in favor of some beautiful, phony "natural" cure, he will pay for the mistake with his life. Complementary treatments to keep him fit and comfortable are available and should be chosen based on guidance from an evidence-based holist. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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My bf oncologist is not a specialist for eye/brain. What is the best method to rid the cancer if BEP/VIP chemo doesn't work. 2 in brain 1 in eye?

My bf oncologist is not a specialist for eye/brain. What is the best method to rid the cancer if BEP/VIP chemo doesn't work. 2 in brain 1 in eye?

Always get a 2nd: Opinion when in doubt, and ask your pediatrician these questions first. You have to be over 16 to post questions here. So do ask your doctor, or have him ask his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a bloodshot eye a side effect of chemotherapy?

I was wondering is a bloodshot eye a side effect of chemotherapy?

Possible infection: This could be a possible side effect of chemotherapy, but that would more commonly affect both eyes, with redness, irritation, and possible dryness. If it's only one eye, you must consider an infection as a possibility, or inflammation in the eye. If the redness is a deep color, like blood, one of the surface blood vessels may have popped; this is harmless;visit your eye doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have fever in back of my head and a strong headache, sometimes becomes strong that I can't even stand. Ps. I took my last chemotherapy 3 wks. Ago.

I have fever in back of my head and a strong headache, sometimes becomes strong that I can't even stand. Ps. I took my last chemotherapy 3 wks. Ago.

Serious symptoms: Speak with your oncologist and seek medical care. Serious symptoms including fever, headache, weakness need specialized and immediate care in patients receiving chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy hair loss, is it better to just shave your head?

Chemotherapy hair loss, is it better to just shave your head?

Maybe: Depends on you. The hair falling out is often troublesome, messy, and somewhat prolonged (days to weeks). Some people prefer just to shave it off and adopt a new look for men or make wearing wigs or scarves easier for women- often with strikingly beautiful results- really! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, I don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will I live?

Untreated, 1-2 years: Pancreatic cancer can only be staged after surgery- information provided by a pathologist is necessary to assign a stage. If you have what appears to be early stage pancreatic cancer it would be foolish not to seek treatment since surgery can cure up to 40% of cases, and while big surgery, the risk is low (around 1%). Depending on pathology findings postop chemotherapy may provide added benefit. ...Read more

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Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more

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Can chemo change your DNA profile?

Can chemo change your DNA profile?

Theoretically.....: It first depends on what what you were sampling to determine the profile (blood versus cheek cells vs semen). Dna profiling examines extremely polymorphic (varying) regions of the genome. If the chemo caused a dna change in a primitive stem cell in your body in one of these locations, it theoretically could affect a dna profile. Fun thought experiment, but super unlikely. ...Read more

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What was chemotherapy like in the early 1980s? How has it changed?

Chemotherapy 1980: In my opinion. The most important development was the discovery and the use of antiemetics. The medications that prevent nausea and vomiting. This discovery made chemo. Bearable and many patients were able to tolerate it. ADD to this the discovery and use of growth hormones like neupogen, neulasta (pegfilgrastim) and procrit that helped shortening of the periods on neutropenia and we are able to give r the doses ...Read more

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Patients who had chemotherapy, changes in brain activity difficulty multitasking?

Patients who had chemotherapy, changes in brain activity difficulty multitasking?

Consultation: Chemo is tough on the body and can cause multiple things to occur. Talk to your Doctor about what you are finding. They need to know to property schedule to correct type and dosage of chemo. ...Read more

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My husband is going through cancer treatment, radiation/chemo pills. What changes can I expect?

Depends on the drugs: The side effects for different chemotherapy drugs can be very diverse. So it's hard to say without knowing what drugs they are.

The side effects for radiation will depend on the area receiving radiation. ...Read more

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What chemo is preferred in patients with aml and myelodysplasia related changes? Flag or flag-ida?

It depends....: The flag ida program is more intensive so one has to balance the disease risks and patient fitness to come to the best plan. ...Read more

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Should my pee change color if I am going through chemotherapy?

It can: Depends in the drug. Adriamycin (doxorubicin) can make the urine orange the next day. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do you cope taste changes from chemotherapy?

How do you cope taste changes from chemotherapy?

Taste and chemo: Make sure you use your nausea medicine on a regular basis. Sweet potatoes and black berry wine also help with nausea which can affect taste. Otherwise you really need to try foods you did not like before, mild foods, and think of the food you are eating as medicine and not optional. Hang in there...It will get better! ...Read more

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Why has my personality changed since I started chemotherapy. Is this normal?

Why has my personality changed since I started chemotherapy. Is this normal?

Many possibilities: There are many things that can cause these changes...Here are a few. 1. Stress of having cancer at 35. 2. The stages of cancer include anger, denial and these things can change your personality. 3. Chemotherapy at 35 can affect the ovaries and reduce estrogen levels that can cause these changes. 4. Worrying about family and future. Solution: talk it out, find a support group, 1 day at a time. ...Read more

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Does your hair color change after chemotherapy?

It may: Certain cancer treatments like using pozapinib and sunitinib can cause silver/gray color changes. A lot of people who loose their hair with chemo experience a new patern, texture and color when their hair grows again. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy regimen lead to a change of behavior and personality by affecting your brain?

Absolutely!: There is a diagnosis called "chemobrain". It's a real change in memory, concentration, and cognitive ability as a result of chemotherapy. No one really understands the causes, but it's likely due to the toxic effects of chemotherapy on nervous system tissue. It usually improves with time. Don't let anyone tell you it doesn't exist. It does, it's just hard to measure! ...Read more

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Second chemo, and no bad aftermath! Could it be because I changed my diet? I see people eating junk and looking ill. What's your take on diet & chemo

Everyone's different: No set answer.
I usually tell my patients to eat whatever they want during chemotherapy. Listen to your body.
If you crave a hot-fudge sundae, you probably have a hot fudge deficiency! (-;. ...Read more

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Is skin mets in her2 breast ca difficult to treat? Developed during tch chemo. Should I continue herceptin (trastuzumab)? Or change to another regime? Thx

Is skin mets in her2 breast ca difficult to treat? Developed during tch chemo. Should I continue herceptin (trastuzumab)? Or change to another regime? Thx

Biopsy needed!: If you developed skin mets during chemo, it's possible the tumor in that location is not her2 positive. Skin is easy to biopsy, so the best approach is to have it biopsied to look at her2 in that particular lesion. It's possible that it's different from your original cancer, ie her2 negative. If her2 negative, continue chemo. If her2 positive, ask your doctor about adding pertuzumab. ...Read more

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My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

Stage 3-4: Chemotherapy +/- radiation, is the main therapy for stage iii, IV lung cancers and small cell (oat cell) carcinomas. However staging indicates that the disease process is systemic. Therefore, in advanced stage lung cancers, the patients are usually weak from malnutrition with low pre albumins, and maybe also post obstructive pneumonia. Try to help his nutrition withpulmocarechilleddrinks. Oncologist. ...Read more

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62 yo f w/ colon ca avoids meat bc it causes stomach pain. Could chemo cause the change in digestion? Any advice for foods that don't cause pain?

62 yo f w/ colon ca avoids meat bc it causes stomach pain. Could chemo cause the change in digestion? Any advice for foods that don't cause pain?

Have u had surgery?: When was the colon ca diagnosis? Have u had surgery? If so, how long ago? Surgery itself can cause issues with digestion (adhesions, partial obstruction, etc.?) if you never had surgery the tumor itself may cause symptoms. What type of pain is it? Vomiting?, reflux? You may want to see your oncologist or a surgeon to better evaluate. ...Read more