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Exposure To Chemotherapy While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Yes, usually: If your menstrual cycle has come back, you can get pregnant! However, many women who have had chemotherapy in their adolescent or early adult years will go into menopause early. If you haven't had chemotherapy yet, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about ways to preserve your fertility. They can now harvest eggs from your ovaries and store them for later use. ...Read more
What are the health risks of my pregnancy since I just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception?
Can you tell me which are the risks of my pregnancy since I just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception.?
Probably none: But you would have to give the specifics of what chemo/drug regimens you used. This would really be best answered by the doctors (oncologists) who managed the chemo. Best of luck! ...Read more
Can my boyfriends chemotherapy from december to april cause birth defects if I became pregnant in september?
Hard to say: Depending on the type of chemo, he could be infertile for some period. If not totally infertile, the sperm affected by the chemo would likely be weak swimmers, allowing the unaffected sperm through to do the deed. It would be a good idea to have a discussion with the docs involved before you start trying to clear up the issue. ...Read more
I have pof due to chemotherapy that I had when I was 10. I hadn't had a natural period before then, are my chances of a natural pregnancy different?
Yes: Pof of course means that your ovaries have stopped working. Occasionally, you might be able to ovulate after pof due to chemotherapy, but it is unlikely. Your doctors can check hormone levels on you (fsh, lh, amh) to see if you have any function left. An infertility doctor can help you with this and even help you get pregnant if you have some function or they can use a donor egg in your uterus. ...Read more
She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?
Controversial.: Prophylactic chemotherapy after molar evacuation is widely practiced in developing countries in which poor medical and social resources limit effective follow-up. However, this practice, which may cause later chemoresistance, is controversial and lacks universal acceptance. Consider prophylactic chemotherapy only in: HCG >100, 000, large theca lutein cysts >6 cm, significantly large uterus. ...Read more
My mom it's having chemotherapy while my sister in law has just done iui, ready for pregnancy. Is there any affect to the baby if they live together?
No: Mom will not give anything to your sister in law. ...Read more
I'm 33, 3 c-sections tubes tied in 2006, I also have Wegners Granulomatosis, chemotherapy within the next week. Don't remember last period Pregnant????
If I had stomach cancer I only took chemotherapy an taking blood thinner an now I'm 3 weeks pregnant what are the odd of me carried the baby?
Talk to oncologist!!: Pregnancy can cause certain cancers to grow more aggressively, so it is important for you to talk to your oncologist about the risks of carrying your pregnancy to term. Unless you were recently on chemotherapy the risk of miscarriage should be low except for your age and medication which are moderate risk factors. ...Read more
I just got pregnant from a man that was going through chemo therapy which ended in oct 2013. Should I be worried about the baby?
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
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
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
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
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
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 more
It will depend on the type of cancer & the biology of cancer. Different cancer requires different approach and treatment. However I think the answer is a targeted therapy specifically targeted to the mutated receptors in cancer cells.
The best story of effective therapy of cancer in modern chemotherapy era is the story of Gleevec (imatinib) for cml. ...Read more
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
Kept in positon: Most chemotherapeutic agents are delivered intravenously while a few can be given orally. With IV therapy which is given over several hrs the patient is kept in a lounge chair. Because of toxicity to the veins when given iv, a port is usually placed in the subclavian vein and placed under the skin where the IV line can easily be introduced. ...Read more