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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: There are many, many chemotherapy drugs and combinations. Radiation may be administered to different parts of the body. It depends on the chemotherapy drugs and the site radiation will be administered to that will determine the types of effects that may be encountered. ...Read more
Slow: Diet and exercise appear to have benefit in various cancers. Most data is in breast cancer. However, while on chemo, start slowly. I would suggest walking as tolerated. Focus on getting through chemo, then consider a personal trainer or post-cancer group to help you gradually acclimate to exercise and work on diet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drugs for cancer: Various drugs are using alone or in combination to treat cancer. Collectively, they are called chemotherapy and can be used as single agents or in combinations. Many times biologic agents such as antibodies are also grouped in this category because the are used to fight cancer as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical chemotherapy: Chemotherapy refers to the treatment of conditions with drugs, and often is applied to the use of anti-cancer agents (but may also be applied to others). Topical means that it is applied directly to the lesion in question and is not taken systemically (by mouth or injection) and meant to get the lesion through the blood stream. Hope this is clear. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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