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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart as measured by a muga test. This decrease in heart function is reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart. This decrease in heart function is almost always reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Radioactive Dyes or: 'tracers' are special dyes usually given through an IV as part of a nuclear medicine study. Tracers contain a small amount of a radioactive isotope that decays naturally over time and is eliminated in the urine and stool. Most nuclear med procedures are painless except for mild discomfort associated with the iv. Allergic reactions to tracers are rare. Inform the tech if you could be pregnant. ...Read more

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Side effects of tamoxifen?

Side effects of tamoxifen?

Several possible: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/therapy/tamoxifen the known, serious side effects of tamoxifen are blood clots, strokes, uterine cancer, and cataracts. Other side effects include menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, joint pain, and leg cramps. But, the benefits of tamoxifen as a treatment for breast cancer are firmly established and far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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What are oral radiation side effects?

What are oral radiation side effects?

Assuming you mean: Effects of radiotherapy when the mouth is being radiated? Dry mouth, then oropharyngeal mucositis, usually worse when chemotherapy is added. It is the reason i advocate a peg feeding tube before embarking on therapy. Swallowing functional impairment is the late effect. ...Read more

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What short term side effects of radiation treatment?

What short term side effects of radiation treatment?

Minimal: Radiation is usually free of side effects for the first 2-3 weeks of use. Then it can cause some mild local skin redness or sun burn like effects. It can also cause sores in the mouth or any mucosal area which is in the field of radiation. Some fatigue or nausea can be experienced on rare occasions. ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

No: Though both types of radiation are delivered to the prostate the brachytherapy has higher levels of radiation that cause more urinary symptoms than external beam. The external beam radiation has greater side effects on the rectum where as a properly performed brachytherapy procedure should have virtually no rectal symptoms. ...Read more

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Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

YES: External beam: skin becomes red, swollen, warm, and sensitive, as if sunburn which subsides gradually in four to six weeks. Possible side effects: erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms of frequency, bleeding, or, rarely, incontinence. ...Read more

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Unpleasant side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and taxol?

Unpleasant side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and taxol?

Carbo / taxol (paclitaxel): Please open these links for answers: carboplatin http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695017.Html paclitaxel http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607070.Html if any concern, see and discuss in detail with your oncologist., . ...Read more

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Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Other cancers : Chemotherapy long-term can increase the likelihood of developing bloodstream cancers such as leukemia radiation treatment can cause tissue scarring and also increase the possibilty of developing other cancers such as sarcoma. ...Read more

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What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

See below: Radiation therapy is not commonly used in the initial management of ovarian cancer; the role of radiation therapy is typically limited to palliation of symptoms if the cancer has spread somewhere else and is causing pain or other localized problems. In this case, the side effects depend heavily on the organ being treated but typically are very manageable. ...Read more

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Insomnia side effect of chemo?

Insomnia side effect of chemo?

Depends on chemo: There are so many different types of chemotherapy, that the question is impossible to answer as proposed. Please specify exactly the type of chemotherapy used and then we will look up the rates of insomnia with that particular chemotherapy for you. Best wishes. ...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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Tamoxifin side effects?

Pretty serious: Long term side effects include: various cancers - especially uterine may be more likely. Blood clots in veins and lungs, cataracts, dementia, loss of libido. A long list of proximal side effects can also be quite serious. Get information from your doctor or pharmacist and tell them of any unusual experiences immediately. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Side effects of guyabano?

Side effects of guyabano?

Generally none.: Guyabano also known as soursop is a plant found in the caribbean. It contains the compound annonacin contained in the seeds of soursop that is a neurotoxin and it seems to be the cause of a neurodegenerative disease. The only way to get the disease is to consume large amounts of the seeds. ...Read more

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What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

Need More Info: The side effects of both surgery and radiation therapy are dependent on the specific type of cancer that is being treated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

Too many!!!!: Chemotherapy may cause hair loss, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, mouth sores, low blood counts, severe infections, kidney damage, nerve damage, liver damage, heart damage, memory changes, constipation, skin rashes among other side effects. ...Read more

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Are ascites a side effect of radiation therapy?

Are ascites a side effect of radiation therapy?

I have no: Clue what was irradiated, how long ago and for what purpose, but ascites is not even on my list as a possible adverse effect of radiotherapy. I'd first need to know what he cancer was...Many cause ascites. ...Read more

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How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

Experimetnal to: Find out. Gefitinib (i) has few side effects: rash as an egfr tyrosine kinase blocker. Primary brain tumors express a variant egfr which may predicate its combination. The adverse effects are likely to be from the XRT not iressa (gefitinib). ...Read more