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What is immunosuppressive therapy?

What is immunosuppressive therapy?

Drugs turn off Immunity: Our immune system is our natural defense mechanism to foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, it also "defends" against foreign organs that are transplanted. We use a variety of drugs to suppress different portions of that complicated system - trying to prevent the organ from being rejected without incapacitating the rest of your defenses. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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Immunosuppressive Therapy (Definition)

Immunosuppressive therapy is an immune system suppressor which is a kind of ...Read more


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What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

Prednisone and: Monoclonal antibodies such as enbrel, humors, cimzia (certolizumab pegol). It is used when the immune response is excessive and causes damage to the body. Auto immune disease. ...Read more

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Can aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Can  aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

In some cases: Yes, in some cases aplastic anemia can be treated very effectively with immunosuppressive therapy- drugs used include prednisone, Cyclosporine or atg (anti-thymocyte globulin). ...Read more

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Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of immunosuppressive therapy?

Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of  immunosuppressive therapy?

Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent. ...Read more

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Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Lymphoma: Tumors of the lymphoid system, lymphomas are the commonest tumors associated with immune suppression. ...Read more

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Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Yes: Prognosis of aplastic anemia depends on age (younger is better) and the severity of the blood count abnormalities. While younger patients may be referred for stem cell transplant, older patients, perhaps those over 40, are given immunosuppressive therapy. Response rates are over 60% and durable remissions occur quite frequently. ...Read more

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Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Depends: Sometimes yes. Prognosis will depend on the age as well as the severity of the disease. The younger the age is the higher the respond of therapy . Bone marrow transplant can cure aplastic anemia in about 60-70%. Discuss further with your oncologist/hematologist. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal most common: fatigue (interferon and ribavirin) flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin) mild anxiety (interferon) skin rash (ribavirin) depression (interferon) gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin) monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of i131 ablation therapy?

What are the side effects of i131 ablation therapy?

Hypothyroidism: Usually i 131 treatment is used for treatment of hyperthyroidism. It is quite safe but often leads to hypothyroidism 12 plus months later. Hypothyroidism is easily treated with a once a day supplement of thyroid. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

Oxygen as a drug: Mostly related to delivery through nose including dryness/bloody noses. This can create free radicals so it can contribute to negative changes to the airway itself. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

What are the side-effects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Wallet shrinking: I know of no side effects from this treatment other than changing of behavior. Some might not like the changes but I suspect most would appreciate it. One side effect might be breaking up abusive and controlling relationships and decreased neediness. Which side are you on? ...Read more

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What bad side effects might come with paraplatin (carboplatin) therapy?

What bad side effects might come with paraplatin (carboplatin) therapy?

Many...: pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; •fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat; • severe or ongoing vomiting;• stomach pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the sk. ...Read more

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Can estrogen inhibitor formen cause the same side effects as testestorne therapy?

Can estrogen inhibitor formen cause the same side effects as testestorne therapy?

Age 80: I am not sure I understand your question but at your age (if I read it correctly) you may be having side effects from your own testosterone - such as an enlarged prostate. In that case you must see a Urologist. I cannot think of any reason to consider an estrogen inhibitor for you. ...Read more

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Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Discuss with doctor: You should discuss this with your oncologist and radiation oncologist. The goal(s) of treatment are important in making a decision such as this. ...Read more

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Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Relatively free: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is relatively free of side- effects. Ask your health care professional about benefits vs risks of daily suppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do to decrease side effects for zoladex (goserelin) or make them more manageable? Add back therapy will be used.

So many SEs: Zoladex (goserelin) is associated with so many potential ses it is difficult to know how to answer this generic question. Who prescribed it for you and why? Please ask them to help you. ...Read more

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Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Mostly infusion rxns: Rituxan is given intravenously slowly at first to look for common immediate reactions like chills, fever, shakes, itching, hives, headache all of which could be prevented or lessened by giving premedications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids. Reactivation of hepatitis b, lowering resistance to infections, rapid destruction of tumor cells causing i'll effects to organs (tumor lysis) can also occur. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

Too many: Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of breath (lung radiation), hair loss (brain radiation), stomach ulcers and bleeding (stomach radiation). General side effects can include severe fatigue, low blood counts, skin rash and discoloration. ...Read more

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