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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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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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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.

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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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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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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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