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Some effect: Single drug chemotherapy has failed to produce significant improvement in colorectal Ca. Combination chemo as in FOLFIRI with irinotecan has added about 5 month prolongation in survival and with immunotherapy using Avastin or Erbitux an additional 2-3 months can be observed. Chemo-Immuno with a mAb targeting the immunogenic protein appears to be giving further enhancement. ...Read more
Moderately useful: FOLFIRI-Bev is the standard, commonly used first line chemotherapy for metastatic Colon cancer. It can add about 12 to 18 months extra to your life such that an average patient can live for 2 to 3 years(some live upto 5-6 years... depending on sites of metastases and their response to chemotherapy. You need tell us more about your history such as dates of diagnosis and treatments/results so far?? ...Read more
Supportive?: I do not understand your question. Do you mean supportive therapy as in Hospice care? When and if chemotherapy fails, a patient can opt to focus on comfort. This is a perfectly acceptable decision but should not be made in haste. If this is not what you were asking, please clarify. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.
Can be due to chemo: There is an enlarging body of evidence that chemotherapy can cause cognitive decline in a number of patients. Sometimes the decline is reversible. It's been called "chemobrain" or "chemofog". The exact cause isn't known but chemo does cross the blood brain barrier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more
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