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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
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
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
Mostly: There are many side effects to chemotherapy and most get better with time. The exact side effects vary with different drugs. Some side effects like hair loss and nausea get better but certain side effects such as nerve damage (with specific drugs) or sterility (with specific drugs and dosages) may be permanent. ...Read more
DEPENDS: It all depends on the chemotherapy drug. Each has its own side effect profile and it does not mean that the person who receives it will experience the side effects associated with it. We all hear nausea, vomiting, tiredness and hair loss but again best thing is to talk to your treating oncologist and/or nurse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Depends on the drugs: There are many types of chemotherapy. They all cause rapidly-dividing cells to die, which might cause hair loss, mouth ulcers, decreased white blood cell counts, upset stomach, nausea, fingernail changes, and tingling. Ask your doctor about your regimen, because side effects are different for each drug. For example, some chemotherapies don't cause hair loss! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Totally variable: Completely depends on which chemotherapy agents are being used (ex bleomycin vs. vincristine) Talk to your oncologist, and be selective when getting info from internet. Can start here: http://m.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/understandingchemotherapyaguideforpatientsandfamilies/index Take care. ...Read more
Oncology: I am sorry but you cannot possibly expect a valid or complete answer to this very broad and ambiguous question. There are thousands of cancers and numerous kinds of treatment for each one. This forum allows us to answer a question in four hundred or less characters. Your question has to be specific and simple enough. I think you may need to seek a different forum to answer your question today. ...Read more
Variable: There are many different chemo drugs, each with particular side effects so it is difficult to answer your question without knowing the specific drugs. Fatigue, nausea, hair loss, and low blood cell counts are seen with many but not all chemo drugs. The doc or nurse will usually teach the patient what to expect with the drugs they are getting, how to handle the side effects, and when to call. ...Read more
Ganoderma: There are many but my favorite is ganoderma (reishi). Over 600 studies at national library of medicine and many show that cancer patients taking this had fewer side effects of treatment, lived longer and had less recurrence of cancer following treatment. This would be my pick in large quantity. Check out www.Docshealthycoffee.Com for a unique delivery method for this wonderful herb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?
Apples & oranges: Some side effects are similar (like fatigue) some others very different. Depends a lot on the type and intensity of the chemo as well as the intensity and target area of the radiation mixed with the general health of the patient. It is not proper to generalize and say chemo is easier than radiation or radiation easier than chemo. I've seen people do well or get very sick with either. ...Read more
Gastric lymphoma: There are 2 main types of gastric lymphoma: malt and diffuse large b cell (and a few other more minor types). The treatment for these can be very different so i can't tell you any more without knowing the type you are referring to. The leukemia and lymphoma society of america website has very good patient brochures discussing the different types of lymphoma and the side effects of chemotherapy. ...Read more
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