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Is Bcg Treatment For Bladder Cancer The Same As Chemotherapy
No: Bcg is a topical therapy that is essentially a type of immune based therapy applied only to bladder cells. Traditional chemotherapy is given intravenously and thus all body cells are exposed. Some chemotherapy drugs can be given topically like BCG and probably exert their effect via typical cancer cell-killing compared to immune stimulating effects of BCG similarly administered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
I don't know!: There is no oral chemotherapy used for bladder cancer as far as I know. All the regimens are IV. There is a type of drug that is instilled directly into the bladder, but no chemo pill. Are you sure it's for bladder cancer? There are chemo pills for other types of cancer, like colon, but not bladder. ...Read more
For a stage iii-c colon cancer, can the chemotherapy considered curable? And is the chemo given for 6 months regional or systemic?
Yes: Stage iii-c colon cancer has a high chance of coming back due to the number of lymph nodes involved. That being said, there is a fighting chance of preventing recurrence with chemo so yes, it is still potentially curable. Chemo is usually systemic, a combo such as folfox (5fu, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin). Best to you. ...Read more
Prostate removal : There are 3 kinds of surgery for prostate cancer: radical prostatectomy nerve sparing prostatectomy & robotic prostatectomy all 3 procedures remove the prostate gland and have special refinements in the process. Surgery is used for cancer that can be surgically removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I failed interferon treatment and BCG treatment for bladder cancer. Is surgery the only option left?
Probably best option: If you have failed tretament with BCG and interferon, some patients may reposnd to treatment with valstar (valrubicin). However, depending on the specifics of your bladder cancer, cystectomy and urinary diversion may be your best option. You should discuss this with your urologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the chemotherapy protocol at a major medical university cancer center usually the same for liver cancer as it is for pancreatic (no mets) cancer?
Yes and no: The choice of treatment for liver Cancer is Sorafenib which is not a chemotherapy but it is called a Targeted agent. Chemo is often used for Cholangiocarcinoma, a type of Cancer arising from bile ducts of the liver. This latter type of Cancer is treated with chemo drugs which are more or less similar but not exactly same as those used forpancreas cancer(Gemcitabine +Cisplatin or oxaliplatin) ...Read more
Ectopic &mole pregna: Are you referring to chemo for ectopic pregnancy and malignant gestational trophoblastic disorder ( eg.Persistent hydatidiform mole)? Yes, Methotrexate +/- leucovorin have been used in both conditions. Other chemotherapies, however, also have been used in malignant gtd- such as dactinomycin, etoposide, 5-fluorouracil. And in refractory malignant gtd- combination of chemo like ema/co have been used. ...Read more
Stage for Stage in : Disease confined to prostate, "cure" is similar; side effects very different: surgery v. Radiotherapy. Subtypes of each and claims of superiority more likely due to cherry picking. Get honest facts for sexual function, continence, bladder and rectal injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better than chemo: Combining bevacizumab (BV)—a recombinant, humanized mAb targeting VEGF with irinotecan, fluorouracil (FU), and leucovorin (LV; IFL) has increased survival of patients with metastatic colorectal Ca compared with IFL It appears necessary to use combination therapy in treatment and has supported the concept that the use of immunochemotherapy improves results over chemo alone. ...Read more
Moderately useful: FOLFIRI-Bev is the standard, commonly used first line chemotherapy for metastatic Colon cancer. It can add about 12 to 18 months extra to your life such that an average patient can live for 2 to 3 years(some live upto 5-6 years... depending on sites of metastases and their response to chemotherapy. You need tell us more about your history such as dates of diagnosis and treatments/results so far?? ...Read more
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Relatively good: According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology XELOX is a highly effective first-line treatment for metastatic colon cancer. To be more accurate (55%) of patients achieve a response, and 30% experience disease stabilization for more than 3 months following treatment. Always consult with your oncologist. ...Read more
Etoposide IV was given to my partner with carboplatin as a curative treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Was this a standard treatment for this?
Setting?: When you say "curative", you mean after surgery or concurrently with radiation? The choice of chemo depends on the situation, the doctor, and institutional or national standards. To answer your question, i normally would use carbo (or cisplatin)/etoposide in small cell lung cancer patients but can't say is a bad choice for nslc patients, especially with radiation. I've used it in that setting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the guide for determining the dosage of Xeloda (capecitabine) pills that are given during chemo for colorectal cancer?
Some effect: Single drug chemotherapy has failed to produce significant improvement in colorectal Ca. Combination chemo as in FOLFIRI with irinotecan has added about 5 month prolongation in survival and with immunotherapy using Avastin (bevacizumab) or Erbitux an additional 2-3 months can be observed. Chemo-Immuno with a mAb targeting the immunogenic protein appears to be giving further enhancement. ...Read more
Good question: You should choose based on the side effects of treatment and how these would impact ur lifestyle. Observation is used for stable psa, older pts with other health issues. Surgery or XRT are both good options with very different side effects. Cryo (freezing), hormones also used. It’s a big decision and you need to be informed. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
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