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Fec Chemo Side Effects
Never say always: We do not like to say always to anything (except that it's always good to be healthy). Side effects depend on the specific chemo, general health, concurrent medications, and the capacity of the person to metabolize said chemo. Expect some side effects but be optimistic. Also, make sure the benefits of any treatment justify the side effects and potential loss of quality of life. Best to you. ...Read more
I start chemo next week and I looked up the 2 chemo drugs on the internet and all the side effects scare me.?
Discuss with your MD: Chemotherapy medications often have many "scary" side effects. Fortunately most side effects are temporary. However, you should discuss your specific concerns with your oncologist as he/she knows these medications best. Additionally, one should also "weigh" the risks vs. The benefits. ...Read more
Cytoxan: 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
Which chemo?: It really depends on which chemo you will be receiving. There is a wide variety. Some can leave you with numbness in your fingers and toes, others contribute to infertility, and many contribute to a higher lifetime risk of developing new skin cancer with sun exposure. Your medical oncologist should be an excellent resource for this question. ...Read more
Ara-C & daunorubicin: Combination of ara-c and Daunorubicin is used to treat acute leukemia. They may cause nasuea, vomiting, hair loss, weakness, supression to bone marrow, infection, diarrhea, headache, etc a detail discussion with your oncologist has to be done prior to administration of these drugs. See more here:http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682222.Html;. ...Read more
Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?
Discuss with doctor: You should discuss this with your oncologist and radiation oncologist. The goal(s) of treatment are important in making a decision such as this. ...Read more
A week after first bc chemo, no bad side effects, but tumor is oozing, and edges are itching like crazy, is itching normal? And why?
Chemo Is Working!: I recall from your prior questions that you have a locally advanced breast cancer with skin ulceration & that neoadjuvant chemo was advised--congratulations on starting your rx! in situations like yours, it is common to notice tumor changes even after the first few cycles. Be sure and talk w/your surgeon regarding local wound care--this oozing might get worse before it gets better. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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