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How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

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 (bevacizumab) 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

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How effective is the FOLFIRI-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the FOLFIRI-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

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

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Is folfiri alone effective for metastic colon cancer than irinotecan alone ?

Is folfiri alone effective for metastic colon cancer than irinotecan alone ?

Two drugs vs one dru: Folfiri contains two drugs in the combination: 5-FY(Folinic acid) and Irinotecan. This combination is more effective than using irinotecan alone. It is often combined with Avastin (bevacizumab) in case it is being used to treat colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can you die from chemo?

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 more

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What is a port for chemo?

What is a port for chemo?

"ports" are: Accessible devices under the skin that allow puncture and direct line to the venous system. It prevents multiple sticks and extravasation of caustic chemo outside veins. When chemo is completed, it should be removed. ...Read more

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How often is chemo and who decides?

How often is chemo and who decides?

Medical Oncologist: The frequency of a chemotherapy regimen is coordinated with your medical oncologist. The important factors include what kind of cancer is being treated, what kind of chemotherapy is being used, and the overall health of the patient being treated. ...Read more

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Could i go from chemo to life suport?

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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How can you stay in shape during chemo?

Stay active: Your need to remain active and exercise daily if possible. Walking is the best exercise if you can do that. But any physical exercise and movement will help to keep you strong and also give you a sense of well being. ...Read more

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What is one's ife expectancy after chemo?

It depends...: The potenial benefit of chemotherapy depends on the tumor type, biomarkers (eg, er/pr/her2 in breast cancer), stage, etc. For some diseases "calculators" can help determine the absolute risk reduction (as opposed to "relative" risk reduction). Some cancers may have limited benefit from chemo and others may benefit greatly. ...Read more

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What kind of food should I eat during chemo?

It varies: It depends on the type of cancer and treatment. Some treatments can cause swallowing issues or change in the taste of foods. Thoses issues would have an impact. Some cancers might cause weight loss and the diet might need to address that. Check with your oncologist. ...Read more