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Gemcitabine Allergy In Children
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
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
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
Gemzar (gemcitabine): See: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/gemcitabine-side-effects. HtmlGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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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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
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...
Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
Gemzar (gemcitabine) carbo chemotherapy can cause leg edema for how long it will last after treatment is finished?
Rare: It is not common, but if does it should resolve in few days after chemo I believe. ...Read more
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
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
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
Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.
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
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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
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
80 yrs old diagnosed with non small lung cancer (local), developed pneumonia after the first carboplatin gemcitabine treatment. Is it treatable?
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
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
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