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Does Chemo Make You Sterile
Depends....: Certain chemotherapy regimens put patients more at risk at becoming infertile. The age at treatment and the sex of the patient also affect this risk. Much has been learned about how to help childhood cancer survivors retain fertility. There are fertility specialists who have expertise at assessing this type of risk and offering possible solutions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Chemo can definitely reduce fertility. I discuss fertility with all patients of childbearing age, and offer sperm banking to men, and referral to a fertility expert for egg harvest for women. Menstruation after chemo is generally a marker for fertility. Chemo can induce damage to the genes in sperm and eggs, and patients shouldn't conceive during chemo due to risk of birth defects. ...Read more
Infertility: Up to one-third of adults who undergo fertility testing after having been treated for cancer in childhood or adolescence have suspected infertility. Patients and their parents should be counseled about the possibility of infertility and about fertility-preserving measures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was told when i had chemo and a bmt for cmml at age ten ( yes cmml) id become sterile what's the likely hood of this as i'm having irregular periods?
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more
Very small amounts: Chemotherapy is very rapidly metabolized in the body after being given. Some have half lifes measured in minutes and other in hours to days. That means most chemotherapy is completely metabolized to inactive products with in hrs to days after administration. Any residual amounts are so small that they would be destroyed by the heat in cremation and would slowly become inert under burial conditions. ...Read more
Extend/relieve: Mainly when chemotherapy is being recommended; it is for two purposes; either called curative when the goal is to achieve cure and then palliative; when the goal is mainly to improve quality of life by controlling the cancer in turn which is causing symptoms and hopefully to increase the period of time a person can live comfortably;. ...Read more
Methotrexate: Methotrexate stops rapidly dividing cells by preventing utilization of folic acid. Is has been a known abortofascient drugas for years and will usually negate an ectopic pregancy. Woem who take mtx must wait 2 & 1/2 mo to rid their bodies of traces before retrying to get pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia) , platelets (prevent bleeding ) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more
Methotrexate: Yes. Methotrexate is an antimetabolite drug used as chemotherapy to treat some forms of cancer. It is also used in much smaller doses to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and more. It has been used to treat arthritis for over 30 years. All medications can have risks but with proper monitoring most people do very well on it. ...Read more
See below.: While most chemo drugs are not directly affected by alcohol, certain chemo drugs such as procarbazine, etc may have increased toxicity when alcohol is used. Alcohol can also interfefere premedication, cause dehydration, and decrease liver function essential for drug metabilism and detox. Thus, I generally advise that alcohol be avoided during the chemo except small amount. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many possible: Boy, i need a lot more than 400 characters to answer that! side effects vary depending on the drug and of course, how the patient reacts to it. An oncologist will be able (and should) go in detail over the specific side effects of the drugs he/she is planning to use. Best to you. ...Read more
It can: There are some chemotherapy medicines that carry a risk of cardiomyopathy. I don't know if you are asking if chemotherapy can cause cardiomyopathy or if chemotherapy can worsen cardiomyopathy in a patient who has cardiomyopathy already but either is possible. Discussion with your medical oncologist can allow you to have a detailed talk about the risks of any chemotherapy being planned. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disease marker: CEA is a serum marker that can be used as an indicator of the overall amount of tumor in the body for certain types of cancer. Fluctuations of <25% usually are interpreted as being unchanged. Increases might mean tumor progression but often require validation by imaging or biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends on type o: Leukemia types vary, so you need to tell us the exact type of leukemia? It can be acute or chronic; the duration of treatments vary accordingly. Most acute leukemias are treated for several months(one called all is treated for 1-2 years). Chronic leukemias, commonly occur in adults and require treatment for many years. But the exact info can be given to you if you ask your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In veins: Most chemo is delivered systemically. There has to be constant access to veins. When veins of the hands or arms are employed they eventually thrombose and cant be used. Other access sites are employed such as a pic line where the catheter is passed up a vein in the arm and fixed in place for easy access. Otherwise a subclavian port is positioned with the reservoir on the chest wall for access. ...Read more
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