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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more


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If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation?

If you are told your cancer free and have taken chemo pills why would you need radiation?

Past experience: "cancer-free" is a poor choice of words when you are still receiving therapy. We never know when the last cancer cell is gone. A better term would be "no evidence of cancer". With many cancers, we know from experience that without radiation the risk of cancer returning is higher, even when there is no evidence of cancer after chemo. Hence the recommendation for radiation. ...Read more

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Could cancer patients receiving chemo drink milk? Or lactose free milk or none of the dairy milk product

Could cancer patients receiving chemo drink milk? Or lactose free milk or none of the dairy milk product

No such restrictions: Dairy products are not harmful to patients with Cancer unless they are overweight, in which case we try to minimize dairy product use in order to lose weight. Over-weight is not good for anyone including patients with cancer. As such patients with Cancer are allowed to drink milk, especially reduced fat type of milk is good for their nutrition. ...Read more

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What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets 65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?

What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets 65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?

It's improving!: All it really means is the CEA is going in the right direction. .. falling after chemotherapy. You can not reliably speculate on what the number changes might say about the magnitude of improvement. There is too much individual variability and unpredictability for that. I would be pleased that these changes have occurred. Best wishes as you continue your treatment:) ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

Check it: I agree with dr. T. Hopefully your pain is due to arthritis or other bone-joint issues but pain in a cancer patient (particularly if always on the same spot or if worsens with time) should be properly evaluated to rule out metastases. ...Read more

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I've been running 100-101 fever for 4 days. Now it's 99.5. Am I fever-free & safe to visit chemo patient in isolated ward w/neutropenia and pneumonia?

I've been running 100-101 fever for 4 days. Now it's 99.5. Am I fever-free & safe to visit chemo patient in isolated ward w/neutropenia and pneumonia?

Better not: You had infection. The chemo patient are at high risk of getting infection. Although you are fever free, you may still harbor the bacteria or virus that can transmit to the patient. If you can avoid close contact. Try it, otherwise have good isolation. ...Read more

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Are there drs. Who work on cancer patients for free? After chemo/rad destroyed my gums my teeth began chipping. I can't afford trtmnt./pymnts

Are there drs. Who work on cancer patients for free? After chemo/rad destroyed my gums my teeth began chipping. I can't afford trtmnt./pymnts

Probably: In a city the size of richmond, va there should be resources to assist you in getting the treatment you need either free or at greatly reduced prices. Start with your local health department since some have dental clinics there. Also, your oncologist may be aware of dentists or dental clinics where services are provided on a "sliding scale" based on ability to pay. ...Read more

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My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago. Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then. Is this bad?

My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago. Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then. Is this bad?

Not necessarily: When the colon cancer comes back, it usually comes back within the first 5 years from the diagnosis. It is unlikely that the colon cancer comes back after 12 years. In addition, CEA is not very sensitive nor specific for colon cancer. Other things like cigarette smoking, other liver problems etc can increase CEA. If she smokes, makes sure to encourage her to quit. She need to follow up with her MD ...Read more

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Should I be worried about swollen feet? It was humid today, I was on my feet a lot and had 2 cocktails. I finished chemo last Nov but am cancer free.

Should I be worried about swollen feet? It was humid today, I was on my feet a lot and had 2 cocktails. I finished chemo last Nov but am cancer free.

Swollen feet: Lots of possibilities from simple dependent edema through much more complicated possible causes. Discuss with the Docs who know your situation in detail. ...Read more

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After chemo and/or radiation a person with cancer will never know if he/she is cancer free since ct's/pet scans will not show just a few cells?

After chemo and/or radiation a person with cancer will never know if he/she is cancer free since ct's/pet scans will not show just a few cells?

That is correct: The limitation of our technology is down to about 1 mm. Sized lesions when applying MRI technology. CT technology can see only down to about 1 cm. In diameter of a lesioned area. The problem is that it only really takes 1 viable and HEALTHY CANCER CELL to get the whole process of recrudescence started again. Therefore, being "CANCER FREE", is something that can be said but never proven. ...Read more

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My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now. This morning he found blood in his stool. Is cancer back? His last scan 3 weeks ago was free

My dad has been doing chemotherapy for about 4 months now. This morning he found blood in his stool. Is cancer back? His last scan 3 weeks ago was free

I assume: That the scan was a bone scan/ There are a multitude of reasons for blood in stool!! I do not have enough information to add to these comments What kind of cancer does your Father have?????????
Ask question again with more info!

Dr Z ...Read more

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I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo? I I went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since I had cancer and went thr

I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo? I I went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since I had cancer and went thr

Yes: Your question got cut off, but as long as you are not on any immunosuppressives (for gvhd after a bone marrow transplant, for example), you are ok to get a tattoo from a reputable artist that takes the necessary infectious disease risk precautions. You will not be at any increased risk compared to someone getting a tattoo who doesn't have a history of cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm. Pathologic staging (pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic. Margins of resection free of carcinoma. Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm. Pathologic staging (pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic. Margins of resection free of carcinoma. Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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Does the penguin cold cap therapy work. ..To keep hair from falling out due to chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Does the penguin cold cap therapy work. ..To keep hair from falling out due to chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Sometimes: It is very uncomfortable and cumbersome but works in some patients. The hair loss during chemotherpay is completely reversible and usually 100 days after end of all chemotherapy your hair will grow back. ...Read more

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Sir it was muscle free of tumor of urinary bladder doctor said there's need for bcg vaccines its T1 can u tl is chemotherapy needed? N wt abt procedr

Sir it was muscle free of tumor of urinary bladder doctor said there's need for bcg vaccines its T1 can u tl is chemotherapy needed? N wt abt procedr

Question: Don't understand your question completely. Free questions on HealthTap have a limited number of characters. Re-ask your question or consider a consult via HealthTap prime or concierge. ...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?

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?

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

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What can I expect from my first day of chemo?

Nothing to worry: Do not anticipate any problems. Chemotherapy is simply taking medicines and most people (70-80%) have no side effects on day-1. Later there may be some mild nausea and lowered blood counts that your doctor or nurse will explain to you more about. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please? What is chemo and what does it do?

Medicine for cancer: Chemo stands for Chemotherapy which means medicines (drugs) used for treatment of cancer. ...Read more

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How do should I know the best chemo drug for me?

You can't: The choice of the best chemotherapy is extremely complicated and you will need to rely on your oncologist. He or she has spent literally years learning how to answer this question for you. Let them do their job. ...Read more

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How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

Not likely a problem: It has been used by some to decrease the metallic taste from some chemo agents on a very limited basis. There is minimal data thus far.
Unlikely to interfere with chemo. ...Read more

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How do you handle the pain and discomfort of chemo?

Pain from chemo? Myth: When patients say they are fearful of pain from chemotherapy, they are generally misinformed by others. Chemo is medicine taken by injection or as pills. Just like any other medicine, there is no pain, other than when needle goes into the vein which is momentary only.
So do not worry about it. Let your oncologist and his/her staff teach you all that is expected, pain is not an expectation. ...Read more