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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can I take anitacids while taken gemcitabine? Thanks in advance.

Can I take anitacids while taken gemcitabine? Thanks in advance.

Very much so: Gemcitabine is a chemotherapeutic agent that kills cancer cells undergoing DNA synthesis. It appears to act through
inhibition of DNA polymerase. It is given by intravenous infusion, over a period of 30 minutes. Possible Side Effects include effect on WBC and on the GI tract for which one takes anti-nausea medications including
antacids, (e.g. milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) calcium tablets such as Tums), sal ...Read more

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Who should not take Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Who should not take Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): "Gemcitabine is contraindicated in those patients with a known hypersensitivity to the drug." See: http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/drugInfo. Cfm? Setid=a625c92b-c569-4b98-8d2e-2b3f5e12b34f ...Read more

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Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more

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Gemzar (gemcitabine). What is likelihood of side effects?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): Is a chemotherapy (anti-cancer) drug. Can cause bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, hair loss, itching, swelling of hands & feet, vomiting. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): See: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/gemcitabine-side-effects. Html

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What is the nature of gemcitabine/carboplatin side effects?

What is the nature of gemcitabine/carboplatin side effects?

See below: This combination of chemotherapy can lead to fatigue, nausea and vomiting, low blood counts, neuropathy. It is most commonly administered for lung cancer, but also can be used in other cancers. ...Read more

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How do I tell my daughter about a side effect of gemcitabine chemo?

How do I tell my daughter about a side effect of gemcitabine chemo?

Gemcitabine: Side effects of gemcitabine include: leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, bleeding, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, infection, dyspnea, pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, ards, hepatic failure, mi, renal failure, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, array is, vasculitis, skin runs, pain fever, alopecia, paresthesia, flu syndrome, stomatitis, somnolence, and others. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with stage 4 pan can. Treated w/Gemcitabine/abraxane combo. Pretreatment ca19-9 was 486. Now ca19-9 is in normal range. What does this mean?

Diagnosed with stage 4 pan can. Treated w/Gemcitabine/abraxane combo. Pretreatment ca19-9 was 486. Now ca19-9 is in normal range. What does this mean?

Temporary control: Stage 4 pancreas cancer only be managed with chemo, that is Folfieri (FOLFOX+ Irinotecan). Following this Gemzar (gemcitabine) + Abraxane gives best control as noted by normal Ca19.9 used for monitoring Follow up with serum markers and PET/CAT essential since increase in Ca19.9 suggests need for experimental trial with immunotherapy. ...Read more

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What is Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): "Gemzar is used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung, ovary, and breast. See: http://www. Drugs. Com/gemzar. Html ...Read more

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How effective is gemcitabine (Gemzar) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is gemcitabine (Gemzar) for treating lung cancer?

Mildly: Gemzar (gemcitabine), (gemcitabine) a form of chemotherapy can be used in non resectable lung cancer. It usually follows a couse of standard chemo such as Platinum/Taxol. When used in pancreatic Ca it is given with Abraxane, a form of Taxol which enhances Gemzar (gemcitabine) by a few weeks. After tumors respond to chemo which affects the tumor DNA, stem cells resistant to chemo reappear. Better results are now seen with anti PD-1. ...Read more

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Does the chemo drug gemzar (gemcitabine) raise blood sugar in a diabetic?

Not known as such: Anything is possible, but this is not a common known side effect of gemzar/gemcitabine which has many side effects. You are taking this med, likely that you are on something else as well which may be the cause.
Also, when ill, sugar levels tend to rise as well.
Best is to consult your doc...
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What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol? I have three stage 4 cancers.

What is the difference between gemzar (gemcitabine) & taxol? I have three stage 4 cancers.

Side effects vary: Gemzar (gemcitabine) is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy. ...Read more

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In addition to gemcitabine, are there any new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer (in older people)?

In addition to gemcitabine, are there any new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer (in older people)?

Cyberknife: Aggressive local treatment in addition to chemotherapy has offered good palliation of the symptoms and improvement of local control. Use of cyberknife radiosurgery in elderly with advanced pancreatic cancer patients is usually very well tolerated and improves local control and can offer palliation if patient is symptomatic. Gemzar (gemcitabine) alone or in combination with 5-fu mainstay of systemic therapy. ...Read more

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What are typical side effects of liver cancer chemo therapy consisting of Gemcitabine + Oxaliplatin (GEMOX)?

What are typical side effects of liver cancer chemo therapy consisting of Gemcitabine + Oxaliplatin (GEMOX)?

Modest side effects: Gemcitabine is a well tolerated chemo drug. It can cause some decrease in blood counts, so monitor your CBC periodically (something your oncologist will discuss and do it for you). Oxaliplatin has some additional side Effects like nausea and neuropathy, yet these are manageable by any good oncologist. So I would advice you to proceed with chemo and wait to worry if you have any side effects. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer: You need to speak to the oncologist (P) involved with the care of the patient. There are 4 different types of bladder cancer and the treatment the patient is currently on may be the best and/or only choice. Speak to the O caring for the patient for information as to why the O chose those drugs, as the O knows the patient the best and can give you a meaningful response. Good luck. ...Read more

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In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer. So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed (or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more

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Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.

Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.

See below: There are no special foods - instead, a balanced diet with protein and vitamins would be ideal. That said, chemo patients should be given the foods they feel they can tolerate. It's likely she won't have much appetite. She should try to maintain her weight. ...Read more

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My friend has stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metasticized to her lung. She was diagnosed 11 months ago and is currently being treated with PEGPH20 coupled with gemcitabine and nabpaclitaxel. She saw her 53rd birthday in July and we are expecting her

Unclear question: Your statement did not come through in its entirety. You may wish to restate.
The prognosis for stage 4 pancreatic cancer not good. You may consult this site for information in this topic:
https://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates. Html ...Read more

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Mom going for chemotherapy (gemcitabine) for gallbladder cancer 4th stage with severe lung mets, she is with home oxygen, does chemo worthful?

Mom going for chemotherapy (gemcitabine) for gallbladder cancer 4th stage with severe lung mets, she is with home oxygen, does chemo worthful?

Palliative care.: Treatment for stage 4 cancer is mainly palliative, menaing to improve symptoms and hopefully to prolong life. Based on your age, your mom is probably in her late 70s or 80's. With her on home oxygen because of diffuse lung metsand at her advanced age, we should be careful and realistic about her treatment. You and mom should have a thorough discussion with her oncologist about his goal for her. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: The success of gemcitabine (or other chemotherapy) depends on several factors. Where the cancer is, what prior treatments have been administered, and if anything in addition to gemcitabine is being administered. Gemcitabine is effective in about 1/3 of patients treated if it is the first drug administered for metastatic breast cancer. These chances decline if it is the 2nd, 3rd or later treatment. ...Read more

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73 yo female. Kidney removed 6 months ago. Stage IV rc mets to tailbone, spine, ribs & starting to go down legs. Gemcitabine-carboplatin. Why bother?

73 yo female. Kidney removed 6 months ago. Stage IV rc mets to tailbone, spine, ribs & starting to go down legs. Gemcitabine-carboplatin. Why bother?

Palliative Care: If the treatment is helping control the tumor and reduce pain....Palliative care....That may be the reason. You need to have a serious discussion with your doctors about what your treatment goals are and what you can expect. Some treatments may help reduce pain. If your life expectancy is limited at this point, it may be time to discuss hospice care. ...Read more

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Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma. Treated with eletron beam. Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine without improv. I'm 64 y?

Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma. Treated with eletron beam. Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine without improv. I'm 64 y?

There are new agents: There are several new agents for this disease. It is uncommon and you need a good assessment of the status of both your disease and your ability to take treatment. There are oral agents, antibodies, drugs like velcade (bortezomib) that might be helpful. I would suggest an evaluation by an oncologist who is familiar with this disease. ...Read more

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Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl. Treated with eletron beam. Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine. Nodules over body.?

Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl. Treated with eletron beam. Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine. Nodules over body.?

Other options: There are multiple other options to include trials avaliable for treatment. Targeted therapy has been proven effective as well as immunotherapy. Would seek these out. ...Read more

Gemcitabine Allergy (Definition)

Allergy reaction of Gemcitabine, is >10% rash, 30% hair loss, usually minimal ...Read more