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Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor.Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days.Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Define your terms: Not clear what you mean by "precautions" or "alternatives." Precautions re XRT and chemo or for something else? The "alternative" to treatment is to do nothing; or to resort to traditional Indian medicine, which is the same as doing nothing, & don't let any well-meaning but ignorant laypeople or charlatans tell you different; unless all you're interested in is feeling better about dying. ...Read more

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Need some basic knlowledge about consolidations chemo treatments for aml npm1 after the first two chemo treaents in the hospital .?

Need some basic knlowledge about consolidations chemo treatments for aml npm1 after the first two chemo treaents in the hospital .?

Usually cytarabine: This mutation is associated with responsiveness to chemotherapy. The typical treatment for consolidation is Cytarabine in high dose. There other other types of consolidation programs. Your oncologist should discuss the options in detail. Good luck. ...Read more

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35year old brother still having headaches for two brain mets after surgery and sterostatic treatment . Why? (nsclc stage 4)

35year old brother still having headaches  for two brain mets after surgery and sterostatic  treatment . Why?  (nsclc  stage 4)

Residual scarring: All therapy will leave some degree of scarring, whether surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Residual headaches can depend on residual disease or the length of time after therapy. ...Read more

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What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Many: Patient centered websites- head neck cancer alliance (headandneck.Org) or sponc (spohnc.Org) can give info on local support groups, treatments & trials. Rehab options include reconstruction (speech devices, plastic surgery); medications for dry mouth, appetite stimulation, chronic pain; exercises for swallowing & lymphedema; nutrition and psychosocial services are available at doctors offfices. ...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?

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 long will my 74 year old father live with sclc metastic to brain with immobility set in before he called for help? Doing 15 radiations

How long will my 74 year old father live with sclc metastic to brain with immobility set in before he called for help?  Doing 15 radiations

Less then 6 months: The prognosis for small cell lung cancer metastatic to the brain is typically poor. Most patients live less then 2 months, though it can significantly vary depending on performance status, extent of disease (is it metastatic to the liver or bones), tolerance to therapy including brain radiation, then response to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my child getting a secondary cancer after her leukemia treatment is completed? Daughter, age 9, treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, no radiation, 2.5 years of intrathecal and oral chemo meds.

What are the chances of my child getting a secondary cancer after her leukemia treatment is completed? Daughter, age 9, treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, no radiation, 2.5 years of intrathecal and oral chemo meds.

Secondary Cancers: The literature suggests that successfully treated all patients, who did not have radiotherapy, are at no increased risk for secondary cancers. With radiation, the risk has been cited as as much as 20-fold. ...Read more

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Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer . Chemo not working well . We are uk Based , can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure ?

Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer . Chemo not working well . We are uk
Based , can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure ?

Yes: Germany can offer TACE ( transarterial chemo-emboliation. While relatively effective one may also use radiolabelled microspheres to replace the chemo portion of the treatment. One has to consider hyperthermic chemo perfusion of the peritoneal cavity since TACE will not effect peritoneal mets. If all fail, protocol available in US for Neo-102 mAb to treat recurrent colon failing other procedur ...Read more

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Palliative care for ca head of pancreas?

Palliative care for ca head of pancreas?

Keeping comfortable: Palliative means to alleviate symptoms. This can be done with medications. Radiation can be given for pain. If there is no spread outside the pancreas head and surgery was not possible patients do get radiation and chemotherapy to slow progression. Though patients in this case are not likely cured, they do benefit from the palliation. ...Read more

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Would physio help for pain in leg back of knee after radiation chemo for anal rectum cancer?

Would physio help for pain in leg back of knee after radiation chemo for anal rectum cancer?

Not clear: ...Why you should have leg pain after this radiation therapy. You should see your physician to evaluate the cause of the pain, before trying to figure out what to do about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Check website: I believe you are asking about this trial. Please check out this website for more info and participating institutions. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/nct01265849?term=multikine+head+and+neck;rank=1. ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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I've just finished treatment for lymphoma. Which included 8 avbd chemos and 12 radiotherapy sessions. I'm just waiting for scan in a couple of weeks. ?

I've just finished treatment for lymphoma. Which included 8 avbd chemos and 12 radiotherapy sessions. I'm just waiting for scan in a couple of weeks. ?

Good luck: I d not really understand your question, but perhaps you are wondering about how to approach uncertainty. You have probably been told your odds of cure. If you have a lymphoma that is sometimes or usually cured, plan for a normal life while cherishing each day -- too few people do this. If your time will be short, enrich it by finding what is meaningful for you. Be well informed and good luck. ...Read more

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Why addition 3 weeks radiation for recurrence of severe pelvic pain from s4 nsclc brain and bone mets? 9.5 months. Pain mess upped 50%

Why addition 3 weeks radiation for recurrence of severe pelvic pain from s4 nsclc  brain and bone mets? 9.5 months. Pain mess upped 50%

Palliation: The primary use of radiation therapy in stage IV nsclc is palliation.Without knowing more details it is difficult to answer your question.It appears that your oncology team has chosen this direction to relieve pelvic pain. Radiation therapy is an effective means of relieving bone pain.Depending the cause, extent of disease, and location, radiation can reduce bone pain in 70% of patients treated. ...Read more

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My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver. What are pros and cons?

My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver.  What are pros and cons?

Pain relief: Sorry to hear you brother is so sick. The pump is a good alternative as it will provide constant and measured pain relief. Risks are mostly associated with the actual process of implantation (any surgical procedure has risks like infection, pain, etc.). Discuss with his physicians your concerns. ...Read more

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Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Several useful drugs: You should be consulting your oncologist to explain what your cancer means in terms of its prognosis and what options of treatment he/she offers you. We have 4- chemo drugs that can be used. The one commonly used is Cisplatin often in combination with either 5-FU or Capecitabine(Xeloda). But there are several variations of chemo which have been tested and found useful. ...Read more

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Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival
With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

We can not guess: We can not tell you what the approx. survival as we do not have all the information to make a comment on the approx. survival You should discuss with your treating Oncologist There are second and third line treatments as well which may change the course ...Read more

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With oligodendroglioma, after operation and radiotherapy.How long do patients live?

Natural Hx: Is extended. If there is a deletion of portions of chromsome 1 and 19, chemotherapy may further improve odds. Individual survivl is never known, the median survival is 7 years. ...Read more

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Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs .. ...Read more

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Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Yes: Hair loss is usually a transient side effect of chemotherapy. Some people may notice some difference in their hair color or texture when it grows back. ...Read more

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Oncology: Does a patient under going an IRE nanoknife procedure usually experience hair loss like a patient who goes through chemo?

Oncology: Does a patient under going an IRE nanoknife procedure usually experience hair loss like a patient who goes through chemo?

No hair loss: NanoKnife IRE System that is Irreversible Electroporation, or IRE, uses electrical energy to target tumors on the cellular level. IRE destroys tumors using intense electric bursts, IRE is a minimally invasive procedure with no surgical incision. Electricity is applied through probes inserted through the skin. Ultrasound or CT imaging guides the placement of the probes to the site of tumor. ...Read more

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Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Metastatic melanoma: Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are almost always cured by excision. These make up the large majority of Florida skin cancers .There are malignant melanomas that went unnoticed for too long and have spread / metastasized often benefit from chemotherapy, especially a remarkable new agent. ...Read more

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What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

Steroids: If you are asking whether topical steroids have any value for hair loss during chemotherapy, the answer is that they have no value in this condition. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

High protein: There are many high protein, high energy commercially available drinks such as Boost and Ensure. Also try chicken or beef broth, Egg Drop Soup, pudding, yoghurt, ice cream, milk shakes, eggs, etc. consult with a Nutritionist who will have lots of great ideas. ...Read more

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My patient was given eox chemo with 3rd cycle of tab capicite. Can he now be given adjuvant chemo ?

Direct: Plez forgive my being direct, but that is a very technical question to be taken up with an experienced oncologist. Hrs, md. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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Oxyplatin n raltitrexed started first round . Cea was 65 and now 78 3 weeks after the chemo ?Mcrc patients. What this mean ?

Oxyplatin n raltitrexed started first round . Cea was 65 and now 78 3 weeks after the chemo ?Mcrc patients. What this mean ?

CEA is a tumor marke: CEA is commonly used as a tumor marker(to monitor the Changes if a cancerous tumor. But it has certain limitations, the major one being that it does not help or guide us correctly unless it is measured serially on 3-4 different occasions, about one month apart. So before you can draw any conclusions, get at least 1 or 2 more CEA tests over the next 2 months( during 2 cycles of chemotherapy ).. ...Read more

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Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

Does patient have to be healthy to get chemo?

It depends on the ty: It depnds on the type of cancer and the type of chemotherapy which is typically dependent on the cancer type. Most of the patients have no immediate problem taking chemotherapy as long as they are up and around and not in any acurte distress and eating near normal. ...Read more

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What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

It depends: The patient's general situation and other issues play a major role in what can be eaten. If a patient has lost a great deal of weight do to the cancer, treatment or surgery, a low volume, high calorie diet might be best. If the chemotherapy has caused taste changes, it may be difficult to find foods that are ok. Some surgeries may change what can be eaten. Talk to the oncologist and nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can leukaemia patients need chemo compulsory? If they are in first stage?

Yes: Anyone who tells you that leukemia can be treated effectively without chemotherapy is simply lying. I'm sorry there are people like this in the world. If someone close to you is affected, or you yourself, I hope you get a good outcome. ...Read more

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What would be some reasons that a all leukemia patient could not use chemo?

What would be some reasons that a all leukemia patient could not use chemo?

ALL... also known as: ... Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is a rapidly progressive disease warrants aggressive therapy. Like all leukemias, it spreads throughout the blood and marrow and thus requires system-wide chemotherapy; not localized therapy like surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy can cure or prolong the life of many partients, but may not be feasible in patients who are very old or ill from other medical issues. ...Read more

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What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

Md consult: Your doctor would decide medication for you- if you have chemo i would not worry about addiction issues. The latest pain patch i'n market is butrens and there are lots of combination pills with opioid and a blocker. ...Read more

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At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

It is not just: A numbers game. One has to take the entire clinical picture with infectious, disease related, and overall condition to make a plan. To treat with low WBC and active infection would be extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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Which type of chemotherapy do patients with apl get?

Chemo + ATRA: Usually an anthracycline, typically daunorubicin. Also all trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Sometimes cytarabine is used as well. Now some of the protocols don't use any chemotherapy. Now some are treated with Arsenic Trioxide and ATRA. Hope this helps. ...Read more