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What are chemotherapy tablets?

What are chemotherapy tablets?

Pills for cancer: Chemotherapy means drugs used to treat cancer. Most chemotherapy is given by injection, but some important chemotherapy drugs are taken by mouth, either as a tablet or capsule. A chemotherapy tablet is an example of the latter. ...Read more

Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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How effective is chemotherapy?

How effective is chemotherapy?

It ranges from: Astoundingy beneficial (testis, lymphoma, leukemia. Myeloma, small cell lung) to pretty much worthless. .. To any cancer after two lines of treatment, now progressing with weight loss and spending most of the time in bed or chair. ...Read more

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How dangerous is chemotherapy?

How dangerous is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can have many side effects. If you are receiving chemotherapy the benefit may outweight the risk. Talk to your oncologist about side effects of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy made up of?

Medicines: These are drugs and medications that are given by intravenous, intraarterial, or oral routes in most cases. The drugs are made by companies (pharmaceutical) who manufacture them from chemicals and molecules. ...Read more

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In what way is chemotherapy performed?

In what way is chemotherapy performed?

Systemic therapy: Chemotherapy is a type of systemic therapy for cancer. Chemo can be given intravenously by IV or some chemo has oral formulations that can be taken by mouth. For certain cancers, like ovarian cancer, chemo can be given via intraperitoneal administration which is done through a surgically implanted catheter that allows passage of fluids into the abdomen of a woman. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

YES.: Chemotherapeutic agents can and do have significant toxicities and can lead to death. So (1) see a reallly good oncologist and (2) reseach carefully what the outcomes are from the agents being used. This is a highly regulated area of medicine - much knowledge is out there.
The difficulty, at time, s is that the choices between alternate therapies is confusing.
See a good oncologist... ...Read more

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What is the effectiveness of chemotherapy?

Short term help: For most malignancies other than renalcell and breast cancer, when the lesion has metastasized, control works in terms of months and no cure has been noted for solid tumors. Lymphomas are the exception where cure is seen. When a tumor is destroyed by chemo, malignant stem cells replace and regrow the tumor. ...Read more

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What should I expect at a chemotherapy session?

It varies/depends on: It depends on your circumstances. Your doctor or nurse will educate you about what they are going to do to you. Just go with an open mind, it should be an educational experience. If they give you chemotherapy during this 'session', you may also be medicated with anti-nausea medication before chemo is given. This can sometimes make you sleepy. ...Read more

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What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

Oncologists: With current precautions (gloves, mixing under a hood, careful technique) you shouldn't have any more risk than any other kind of nurse. ...Read more

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What is it like to be on vac chemotherapy before?

Need more details: Tell us more about the diagnosis for which this chemo was prescribed? There are also various drugs included in the acronym of VAC. Please spell out the full names of the chemo drugs included in the VAC advised by your doctor. Who is the patient? ...Read more

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If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

Tumor progress: Chemotherapy used in many different ways. It can be used with RT to minimize recurrence after surgery and improve the procedure in a neoadjuvant setting, used post op in an adjuvant setting to reduce recurrence and as a therapeutic in metastatic Ca. While prolonging survival in mets, it has resulted in no cures. Failure to respond to chemo leads to progression and a terminal event. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause a stroke?

Can chemotherapy cause a stroke?

Chemo: Stroke isn't common with chemo but can happen. Talk with the oncologist. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause bursitis?

Can chemotherapy cause bursitis?

Unlikely: It's unlikely that bursitis is caused by chemotherapy. I would consider an alternative answer. Your physician can help clarify why you have bursitis, is there a variety of other issues that need to be considered. ...Read more

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What exactly is photo chemotherapy?

PUVA (Psoralen+UVA): Photochemotherapy/phototherapy generally refers to puva therapy using psoralen (taken by mouth) and then later "tanning" to ultraviolet a light (uv-a) to treat various skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma and skin manifestations of graft-versus-host disease. The psoralen makes the offending cells in the skin sensitive to damage from ultraviolet a. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy make you sterile?

Maybe: Chemo can definitely reduce fertility. I discuss fertility with all patients of childbearing age, and offer sperm banking to men, and referral to a fertility expert for egg harvest for women.

Menstruation after chemo is generally a marker for fertility.

Chemo can induce damage to the genes in sperm and eggs, and patients shouldn't conceive during chemo due to risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy actually very toxic?

Is chemotherapy actually very toxic?

Possible: Chemotherapy is a broad term for a large number of drugs used alone or in combination. Also the doses vary depending upon the disease. The are also variations in individual's susceptibility. There are also a large number of drugs used to combat side effects.
I can only say that it can be anything from very toxic to mild depending on the situation. ...Read more

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Is np caused by chemotherapy curable?

Np?: Could you be more specific as to what "np" is, then we can help answer your question. ...Read more

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How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

Varies with each dru: Many of the older drugs, widely used even now, are not too expensive. This includes nearly all of Chemotherapy drugs. The more modern drugs called targeted agents are more expensive, typically costing 6K-10K USD per rmonth. The brand new drugs in the last 5 years have started costing 10K-12K USD/month, which has created a lot of unrest in the medical community as it is no longer affordbable. ...Read more

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How can the chemotherapy affect my dad?

How can the chemotherapy affect my dad?

Good question: But impossible to answer here. Depends on what cancer he has, what chemo he gets, how healthy he is, and many other factors that we do not know. Even so, people react differently to drugs so there is always a degree of uncertainty. You need to go over this with his oncologist before he gets the chemo. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more