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How Long After Chemo Treatments Can I Hold A Baby
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
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
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
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.
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
I had 5 chemo treatments of taxotere (docetaxel) 145 mg and 965 mg of cytoxan. How long does it stay in your system?
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
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
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
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?
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
What to do if I have severe neuropathy in both feet following chemo treatment for colon cancer. How long will it last?
Unknown: It could last a yea or forever. ...Read more
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
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
Can you have gastroparesis long term after treatment for testicular cancer with etoposide and cisplatin chemotherapy? What do you do for this if so?
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?
Sometimes: Both are used together. When sequencing, one waits for anticipated toxicity interval, usually 3 - 4 weeks. ...Read more
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
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
Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?
Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more
I completed chemotherapy for breast cancer stage 2 in May, went for surgery and done radiation therapy completed end of September. I'm really looking to have a baby and I'm currently taking tamoplex as well neopogyne. My doctor doesn't give me hope?
TheFacts/YourChoice: Tamoflex has been assigned rto pregnancy category D.Which means animal studies have revealed evidence of fetotoxicity lower incidence of implantation and increased incidence of low birth weight. There are no controlled data in humans. But manufacture reports spontaneous abortions, birth defects, fetal deaths and vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. You chose based on these facts ...Read more
If appr acitaminophen dose is given to infant WRT age/weight then how long this treatment can safely (w/o toxic effects) cont. Is ten days too much?
How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?
Depends: Trisomy 21 with a vsd and eisenmenger's has, unfortunately, a poor prognosis. The length of survival is variable and depends on the severity of the pulmonary hypertension as well as any other conditions. Treatments depend on those factors as well. Please discuss your child's specific prognosis with your cardiologist. ...Read more
Similar to first: While some side effects from chemotherapy r cumulative, depending on the drugs being used many different side effects may b experienced. For a second cycle you shouldn't expect too much of anything different from the first cycle. Talk to your oncologist for your specific chemotherapy related side effects and timings when to expect them. ...Read more
Depends: ...on the chemo and how well you handle it. Also, some of the anti-nausea meds can make you sleepy. I advise my patients to have someone drive them at least the first time and then use their best judgement. Hope you do well. ...Read more
Immunosuppressants: Non systemic vasculitic neuropathy is treated with immunosuppressants including steroids, Cyclophosphamide (a type of chemo), mycophenolate and azathioprine. Ask your doctor about options. There are several choices of oral drugs and you may need to try several to find the one that works best for you. ...Read more
Do this:: Eat well, maintain physical activity, and have a good attitude. Your health is ultimately your responsibility so stay in contact with your oncology team. Tell them what's going on and follow their recommendations. Best to you. ...Read more
Yes exercise is good: There is no reason to stop your normal life activities. Exercise is almost never harmful if you have the energy and the desire to Exercise! ...Read more
Would you only feel bad on the day you are receiving chemo or would feel bad daily after chemo treatments start?
Variable: Depends on chemotherapy and the patient. I have patients who never feel bad and others who do have problems. Part of the battle is also using modern antiemetics to prevent the nausea and vomiting. It is quite important to follow the schedule laid out by your health care provider for these even if you feel well because nausea can sneak up on you and is harder to treat once it is present. ...Read more
Tell us more: Where in the body do you have swelling? Chemotherapy does not typically cause any swelling unless your veins are affected or you may be taking steroids (prednisone or dexamethasone).Discuss your concern with your oncologist and he/she can find the cause, prevent it and treat it and solve your problem. ...Read more
Yes: Radiation therapy is the focused use of high energy x-rays that only work where we aim them at and have the ability to destroy tumor cells. Treatment is like getting an x-ray. Chemotherapy is medical therapy that is taken either by mouth or through an IV and goes throughout your whole body's bloodstream and affects all organs. It tracks down microscopic cancer cells in blood to kill them. ...Read more
Polycythemia: No. See your oncologist or hematologist to discuss various causes and appropriate workup and if needed, therapeutic phlebotomy as a treatment. ...Read more
Leukemia Treatment: Leukemia response to treatment depends on many factors, but the most powerful are: (1) type of leukemia, (2) genetic mutations in leukemia cells, (3) age of the patient, and (4) fitness of the patient. For some leukemias, like APL, most people are cured. In CML, the leukemia can be kept at bay for many years with an oral pill. Most patients with CLL are just watched closely and never treated. ...Read more
Tiredness, with or without going out in the sun is a known side effect of chemo. It will subside. If being out in the sun makes you feel better, do continue.
Wish you good health. ...Read more
It depends: Chemotherapy is very effective for treatment of some cancers. It can be curative in some cases and prolong life in others. However, chemotherapy, due to its nature, is toxic, and any treatment with chemotherapy should involve a discussion of risks and benefits (and possible outcomes) before starting. ...Read more
3 modalities: There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery (if localized and if possible to be done). A radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatment of cancer can use only one modality or could require combination of 2 or all of the above- depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the goal of therapy and overall condition of the patient. ...Read more
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