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Free Crochet Patterns For Chemo Caps
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
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
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
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'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 had chemo in 2012. One was bleomycin. After cancer free. Shins are shiny hairless and painful. I can hardly touch them. Scleroderma negative. What?
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
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
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.
When dealing with breast cancer when are you considered cancer free? After mastectomy? After last chemo tx? After reconstruction?
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
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 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
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
Does the penguin cold cap therapy work. ..To keep hair from falling out due to chemotherapy for breast cancer?
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
Does alcohol free beer have any effect on AST, ALT and alkaline phosphatase, in someone with liver metastases from colon cancer on chemotherapy fuda?
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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