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Is it possible to have chemotherapy while traveling out of state? My mom is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer. She lives in ny, by herself, and my siblings and I do not live close. I live in phoenix, and want her to visit for

Is it possible to have chemotherapy while traveling out of state? My mom is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer.  She lives in ny, by herself, and my siblings and I do not live close.  I live in phoenix, and want her to visit for

Chemotherapy : Chemotherapy for colon cancer is usually given every three weeks or so. Therefore, patients sometimes take a two-week trip between chemotherapy "cycles" as long as they are feeling up to traveling and their blood counts are ok. It is usually not worth the effort of transferring care to another oncologist for just one dose of chemotherapy to allow someone to make their trip a bit longer. There can also be difficulties with insurance if there are no in-network providers for her plan in arizona. This is usually less of a problem with patients on medicare. If your mother wants to move to arizona to actually complete all her treatments, it should be very possible to do so. I am a radiation oncologist in arizona (so i don't give chemotherapy) and i used to live in manhattan. I am very impressed by the quality of medical oncology in the phoenix area. She could get top-notch care here if she chooses, but would need a referral to a local oncologist, see him/her in consultation, and then restart the chemo. ...Read more

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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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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues.The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt! chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects(like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

Yes: This is a great question! chemotherapy can damage your eggs or sperm, so it's vital that you talk about your desire to have children before starting chemotherapy! men can bank sperm before chemotherapy and women can bank eggs/embryos. Many types of chemotherapy can make you infertile depending on your age, but you can safely have children later if you've planned ahead and stored your "stuff"! ...Read more

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What risks are associated with chemotherapy?

What risks are associated with chemotherapy?

There are a few: Chemotherapy has side effects but they can be controlled with counter drugs. Side effects may come in the form of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, low blood counts which can lead to infections. So a close monitoring is required and antidotes to prevent these side effects are used as needed. ...Read more

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Is it a sure thing that chemotherapy will work?

Is it a sure thing that chemotherapy will work?

No: The chance of chemotherapy working depends on a number of factors including -- tumor type, stage, prognostic factors as well as host (patient) characteristics such as age, genetics, etc. ...Read more

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