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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Expert opinions? What medications shows the greatest promise as a cancer chemotherapy agent?

Expert opinions? What medications shows the greatest promise as a cancer chemotherapy agent?

I wish I had: More than 400 characters but in my opinion, those new agents that target specific molecular processes in cancer cells that make them behave as cancer cells are the most exciting. They target cancer cells and spare (to a certain degree) normal cells so the side effects are less. They are not perfect and unfortunately they tend to be veeeery expensive, which is a big problem. ...Read more

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Could you tell about a portacath for cancer chemotherapy? Does it hurt to put one in or to have it inside you?

Could you tell about a portacath for cancer chemotherapy? Does it hurt to put one in or to have it inside you?

Long term iv: Its a small device that sits under the skin connected to a tube that is in a large vein. Better for chemo, as it does not move, its easy to access it than sticking an arm or hand vein repeatedly. Usually does not hurt. ...Read more

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Which website is good, concise for cancer chemotherapy, but explained in normal english for non-medical people?

See below: Here are some sites. Hope this is helpful. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chemotherapy/my00536/ http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/index http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/cancerchemotherapy.Html. ...Read more

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What is cancer chemotherapy?

What is cancer chemotherapy?

Complicated: Chemotherapy is a broad term used to describe a variety of several types of medications used to treat cancer. The medicines may each function quite differently, affect cancer cells and other body cells differently, and are tailored as much ad possible for each person & each type of cancer. ...Read more

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Are the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy the same?

No: Different drugs and drug combinations are used for different cancers. ...Read more

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How does cancer chemotherapy work, and why does it have to be so strong in a bad way?

How does cancer chemotherapy work, and why does it have to be so strong in a bad way?

Inhibits cell growth: Basically all chemo inhibits cell division and growth. Cancer cells lose normal control of these functions, so since they grow faster than normal cells, interfering with this hopefully kills the cancer. The problem is normal cells still divide normally, and are also affected-resulting in side effects of hair loss, diahrrea, and bone marrow suppression. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood/organs if you've had cancer/chemotherapy?

Can you donate blood/organs if you've had cancer/chemotherapy?

Depends: Each donor is assessed for risk factors based on his/her individual medical and social history. For patients with a history of cancer, the decision to accept them as a donor depends on the type and stage of the cancer, the time from occurrence to donation, and testing to see whether there is evidence of recurrence. In addition, the immediate need for an organ may sometimes be considered. ...Read more

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Does cancer weaken the immune system or does the medication for the cancer (chemotherapy) weaken the immune system?

Does cancer weaken the immune system or does the medication for the cancer (chemotherapy) weaken the immune system?

Cancer and immunity: Interesting question. Cancer usually either fools or overwhelms the immune system as the latter usually keeps cancer cells in check. Medications for cancer vary, some kill the good and the bad and wipe out the immune system with the cancer cells and the new biologics are targeted therapy that only kill cancer cells. Science is progressing, stay tuned.. ...Read more

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Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Challenging : Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. ...Read more

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Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can damage the heart. The risk is higher if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or pre-existing heart problems. Doxorubicin (adriamycin), Idarubicin and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) are chemotherapies that are particularly hard on the heart. Trastusumab (herceptin), a monoclonal antibody given for breast cancer, can also damage the heart. ...Read more

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Is there some cancer chemotherapy medication that does not cause hair loss?

Yes.: However, hair grows back and the most important thing is that you get what your oncologist believes is the best chemotherapy for you to fight your disease. ...Read more

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Mouth cancer / chemotherapy at 80 ? Is it safe to have chemotherapy at that age?

Mouth cancer / chemotherapy at 80 ? Is it safe to have chemotherapy at that age?

Yes, if: Yes, if the patient is otherwise healthy. Make sure you are managed by experts in head and neck cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Could you give me some advice about a portacath for breast cancer chemotherapy?

Minor pricedure: Minor surgical procedure for insertion. Small chamber under the akin attached to a catheter that goes into a main vein. Oncologist or their nurse inserts a needle through the skin into the port to deliver the medications. No specific patient care needs. The port can be removed when no longer needed. ...Read more

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How does cancer chemotherapy affect the healing of a broken bone? Will the bone have to heal after chemo?

How does cancer chemotherapy affect the healing of a broken bone? Will the bone have to heal after chemo?

May slow it down.: Chemotherapy generally slows down the healing process. I don't believe it will stop the bone from healing but it will most likely slow the process down so it will take a little longer than usual. If i remember correctly it usually takes bones 4-6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy may affect heart function, for that reason a nuclear study of the heart is done before starting some type of chemotherapy for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is a way to keep my hair with breast cancer chemotherapy?

Is it possible there is a way to keep my hair with breast cancer chemotherapy?

YES! Peguin Caps!: They are expensive and annoying, but they work really well. Here is their website: https://penguincoldcaps.Com/. ...Read more

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read more

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How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! any help?

How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! any help?

Consider Radiation : Radiation therapy to the liver may be helpful to reduce symptoms related to liver metastases. Treatment is very minimal compared to other organs treated for metastatic disease and is usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
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Pet Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis (Definition)

Pet scanning is used for staging of a variety of cancers. Lesions seen on plain scans can be shown to be biologically active of pet scan this then suggests metastatic tumor and stages the disease. If a lesion on plain scan does not "light up" on pet scan, it is ...Read more


Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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