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How long after your last chemo treatment should you go back to be rechecked?

How long after your last chemo treatment should you go back to be rechecked?

Ask your Oncologist: After completing a prescribed number of chemo treatments, your oncologist should have scheduled you for your next visit or counseled you on frequency of follow-ups and tests/scans. Sometimes chemo-holidays are given or maintenance chemo programs or even just observation depending on the kind of cancer and response. A different phase of treatment may be needed like hormone manipulation or x-rays. Read more

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Can you tell me how to help a child get the courage to go through chemo treatments?

Can you tell me how to help a child get the courage to go through chemo treatments?

It is difficult: But your child's oncologist can be helpful to talk and explain things to your child. For your part, you should say that he is being give 'medicine' to get well from his illness. Furthermore, it is good to know and tell your child that this illness is curable in more than 80% of the cases. Read more

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X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete?

X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete?

It depends: It all depends on the type of chemotherapy and what we call the medication half life. Generally speaking, most drugs get washed from the body after 5 half lives but it could be longer for certain drugs. Affects of the drugs can definitely last longer. Certain drugs like zometa, although not chemo, can stay for many many years. Read more

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X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete? Treatment was 4 sessions 21 days apart.

X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete? Treatment was 4 sessions 21 days apart.

Varies: The chemotherapy "toxins" are often gone in hours to days (depending on drug and the person it is in). However, the side effects of chemotherapy can last hours to days to months or longer. Read more

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Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?

Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?

Studies take time: Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation or chemotherapy and the cancer comes back, they can still be kept alive with other treatments. When studies are done looking for survival advantage, and the patients that recur get other treatments it can take time to evaluate the original treatment. Read more

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Can this all be caused by long term chemo treatment and steroids and pain treatment. I was involved in clinical trials for ten years.

Stress or illness: This is a rather long list of symptoms that could be treated with a vacation and some sunshine. However before scheduling your vacation and sun time you definitely need a GP evaluation to exclude any treatable conditions. This could all be related to stress; or low mood; or medication. Sometimes even asymptomatic urine infections and vitamin deficiencies especially VITB may present this way. Read more

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My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

Palliative Care: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing his own unique situation. As a generalization, it is very difficult to completely eradicate cancer in that setting. The fact that he has not responded to chemotherapy would suggest that the focus should be on palliative (comfort) care. Read more

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Suffering extreme fatigue and loss of appetite following first chemo treatment for metastatic pancoast tumor. Any guess how long this will last?

Suffering extreme fatigue and loss of appetite following first chemo treatment for metastatic pancoast tumor. Any guess how long this will last?

Few weeks to few Ms: As side effects for chemotherapy medications you will be having them. Also whether you are responding to the treatment or not, the symptoms persisting after will give an indication. Well responding tumours after minimum of 4-6 wks of therapy should be showing some improvement of appetite, less fatigue etc. Your oncolo. & pcp will be following you in this regard in addition to you watching wt. Read more

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How long does it take for the chemo treatment for breast cancer to take effect after each cycle and does each cycle increases the level of discomfort?

How long does it take for the chemo treatment for breast cancer to take effect after each cycle and does each cycle increases the level of discomfort?

A few days and yes: By "take effect" I assume you mean cause side effects. Most people feel very fatigued from chemo, and that gets worse after each cycle. The chemo works right away on cancer cells, but it usually takes several days after treatment to feel side effects. Read more

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My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

Few months at best: Most pateints with metastatic pancreatic cnacer die within 6 months to 12 months. So given that he has liver metastases and already failed chemo, he may not live more than 1, 2 or 3 months. But it is not possible to predict it exactly. 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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Can you have gastroparesis long term after treatment for testicular cancer with etoposide and cisplatin chemotherapy? What do you do for this if so?

Can you have gastroparesis long term after treatment for testicular cancer with etoposide and cisplatin chemotherapy? What do you do for this if so?

Not related: Gastroparesis is an ill defined entity of unknown cause. So I would not worry about it. Symtomatic treatment to control your acidity or anorexia may help. Do you have a gastroenterologist treating you for this problem? Read more

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I just got pregnant from a man that was going through chemo therapy which ended in oct 2013. Should I be worried about the baby?

Do not worry: Specifics help a lot - what chemo, what disease? - but it's unlikely. Reproductive problems from chemo usually arise from abnormal or dead sperm, and these usually affect sperms' ability to fertilize, not produce birth defects. Read more

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How long should you usually rest after chemo therapy before you go to a radiation therapy?

Sometimes: Both are used together. When sequencing, one waits for anticipated toxicity interval, usually 3 - 4 weeks. Read more

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What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

Gastrectomy: Limits capacity and one will lose weight regardless of c or rt. Done properly, it is the acute effects, n&v/diarrhea. For expansive volumes, there may be an issue with loose bowels, but 'dumping syndrome' need to be differentiated. Read more

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How long can a person with pancreatic cancer be expected to live without surgery and only with chemo therapy?

How long can a person with pancreatic cancer be expected to live without surgery and only with chemo therapy?

Depends: This really depends on the patient's given clinical situtation including the extent of their disease, other illness that he/she may already have, and their performance status (how well they can or can not do things on their own) but a rough estimate would be about a year. Read more

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I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. Read more