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Various: there is a large number of chemotherapy drugs, available by injection and orally. The list would exceed space available here. ...Read more
Maybe: Cisplatin - like any other chemotherapy drug has potential side effects. The most common is nausea but you can take anti nausea medication. It may cause hair loss and decrease in white blood cell counts. Kidney function should be monitored and IV fluids given. Some long term effects is neuropathy (numbness fingers) and hearing loss but these tend to be due to cumulative dose. ...Read more
Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
The drug is taxotere (docetaxel) and cyclophosphamide used in chemo due to early stage of invasive lobular carcinoma does side effect cause insomia , depression?
Chemo and cancer: Dealing with cancer and its treatment is not something easy to do in many cases. Not only it is affecting your physical condition, emotionally, you can also develop anxiety, depressed mood, depression etc through out the battle. The chemo themselves do not give you insomnia. However, steroids are given prior to chemo, and this can cause insomnia. Depression/anxiety cause insomnia too. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide): Please read this: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682080.Html if any concern, please see and discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more
Radioactive Dyes or: 'tracers' are special dyes usually given through an IV as part of a nuclear medicine study. Tracers contain a small amount of a radioactive isotope that decays naturally over time and is eliminated in the urine and stool. Most nuclear med procedures are painless except for mild discomfort associated with the iv. Allergic reactions to tracers are rare. Inform the tech if you could be pregnant. ...Read more
Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?
Newer treatment: In treatment of Cancer, newer drugs come along and are then compared to the standard(old/conventional treatments). If the new treatment if better(more effective or less toxic) then the new drug takes over and the older drugs put on the back burner. That is what has happened in this instance. This is what has happened in the treatment of brain tumors. ...Read more
Complicated: This depends upon which area of the world and to which drugs the parasite has become resistant. Check the cdc website for the state of the region in which you are interested and the drugs currently being recommended. ...Read more
In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?
One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more
NO SPECIFIC REASON: Here are 3 possible reasons: 1) Most clinical trials use this sequence, although it has been given after in other studies as well 2) Etoposide is a shorter infusion 1-2 hours, Ifosfamide typically hours to 24 hrs, requiring monitoring of urine 3) Giving etoposide 1st also allows opportunity to give IV hydration prior to ifosfamide ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible demethyl: A consideration into alternate causes of cancer is that they may also be an epigenetic disease. The main modification in such tumors would be DNA methylation which turns a gene product off. Patterns of aberrant DNA methylation are now recognized to be common in many human tumors. One major findings is inactivation of tumor-suppressor genes by CpG-island hypermethylation of the CpG islands ...Read more
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