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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

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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What side effects are associated with Tarceva (erlotinib)?

What side effects are associated with Tarceva (erlotinib)?

Tarceva (erlotinib): See: http://www.rxlist.com/tarceva-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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What side effects are associated with Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

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 best way to treat lower back pain from sciatica due to a tumor in the lumbar area? On tarceva (erlotinib) for the cancer but how to stop the pain?

What is the best way to treat lower back pain from sciatica due to a tumor in the lumbar area?  On tarceva (erlotinib) for the cancer but how to stop the pain?

Get doctor advice: If your pain is due to metastatic cancer to the lumbar spine, radiation therapy should probably be administered. A combination of pain medications is often effective, and should include a narcotic analgesic and a non-steriodal anti-infllammatory agent. If the pain is radiating down your buttock and leg, addition of a medication for neuropathic pain could also be added. Please see your oncologist. ...Read more

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My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?

My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?

Probably not: Your question implied that she developed liver metastasis while on gemzar (gemcitabine). If so, it is not llikely that continuing Gemzar (gemcitabine) alone will be helpful. She should speak with her oncologist about newer and more promising chemotherapy regimens such as adding nab-paclitaxel or trying folfirinox. Recent studies have shown encouraging results! ...Read more

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Are there side effects of germ cell tumor surgery?

Are there side effects of germ cell tumor surgery?

It depends: Side effects of orchiectomy (testicle removal) alone are fairly limited. Major abdominal surgery however is sometimes necessary and can result in ejaculatory dysfunction, bowel obstruction, hernia or leakage of lymphatic fluid. This type of operation is best done at a major referral center where complication rates are lowest. Lung and brain surgery are sometimes necessary though less commonly. ...Read more

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Pet's effective?Side effects?Docs ran cat-2cmx3cm tumor close2 spine near pul. Vein & aorta area.Cat, eco & pul. Funtion test this wk. All info helpful

Pet's effective?Side effects?Docs ran cat-2cmx3cm tumor close2 spine near pul. Vein & aorta area.Cat, eco & pul. Funtion test this wk. All info helpful

Yes - helpfull.: A pet scan uses an injection of radioactive sugar. It will not work if a patients blood sugar above 200. It will be taken up in most malignancies and persists, whereas normal tissue gets rid of it and remains negative on the scan. If your mass in tghe chest is positive, you may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Having a lipoma tumor removed from right sigma of the colon and they say there's side effects to going wrong im unsure what effects, help ?

Having a lipoma tumor removed from right sigma of the colon and they say there's side effects to going wrong im unsure what effects,  help ?

Error: The story you present is missing some important detail. Lipomas are benign tumors, don't need to be removed. I've never heard of one presenting symptomatically in the colon. All surgeries have potential complications. I think you have or present incomplete or erroneous information. ...Read more

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Can the symptoms and side effects of a pituitary tumor be cured by removing the tumor?

Can the symptoms and side effects of a pituitary tumor be cured by removing the tumor?

Sometimes: About 80-85% of patients will have a cure from resection of their pituitary tumor. Unfortunately the remaining patients will have remnant symptoms from the tumor or recurrent tumor with recurrent symptoms over the upcoming years. Please fully discuss with your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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Gemcitabine Hydrochloride (Definition)

Gemcitabine hydrochloride ...Read more