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Gastric Cancer Chemotherapy
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oncology: is there a commonly used cancer chemotherapy medication/treatment that usually does not result in one loosing their hair?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES! Peguin Caps!: They are expensive and annoying, but they work really well. Here is their website: https://penguincoldcaps.Com/. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! any help?
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
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