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Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Is chemotherapy used to treat a condition other than cancer?

Yes: A few chemotherapy also have been used in different conditions other than cancer for instance- Methotrexate is given for rheumatological disease and other autoimmune problems, 6mp is given for colitis ( crohns disease, ulcerative colitis); Rituxan (rituximab) is given for some autoimmune condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

Could chemotherapy be used to treat intestinal cancer?

YES: Yes, assuming you mean the large intestine (colon cancer). Small intestine cancer is very rare and yes chemotherapy has been used in this setting but we have limited data. Also it's important to note that not all bowel cancers require chemotherapy. The oncologist will help you decide on best option. ...Read more

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What kind of chemotherapy is used to treat uterine cancer?

What kind of chemotherapy is used to treat uterine cancer?

Depends: This really depends on the stage (extent of disease) and histology (specific type) of the endometrial cancer. That having been said one of the more common chemotherapy regimens that is used for endometrial cancer patients is Carboplatin and taxol (paclitaxel). ...Read more

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Help please! is chemotherapy the best way to treat cancer?

Help please! is chemotherapy the best way to treat cancer?

Depends : There are thousands of different types of cancer, each with different patterns of response to radiation and the many chemotherapeutic agents available at different stages. Hodgkin's, embryonal cell carcinoma, childhood leukemia, wilms tumor, and neuroblastoma are all cured more often than not by chemo. There are other cancers it doesn't touch, or for which it may be overused. ...Read more

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How are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

How are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

Surgery!: Cancer has been around since humans have been around. Breast cancer was documented as early as 1600 BC. The earliest treatments for cancer were surgical removal of the tumor. Unfortunately, this didn't cure many cancers. For a great history of cancer treatment, read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. ...Read more

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Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages? .

Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages?

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Sometimes: Early stage vulvar cancer is usually treated with surgery first or rarely radiation therapy for those who are not able to undergo surgery. Sometimes radiation therapy is needed after surgery. Some stage iii and IV tumors are treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation together instead of surgery. Chemotherapy alone would usually only be used if the cancer has spread widely. ...Read more

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What does chemotherapy do to treat prostate cancer?

What does chemotherapy do to treat prostate cancer?

Not much as of yet: Removal and containment of prostate cancer within the prostate is primary goal of treatment. If psa levels persist as elevated after definitive treatment then hormonal blockade to decrease the ability of testosterone to "feed" microscopic cells is next most effective treatment. Once hormonal suppression stops being effective chemotherapy has modest effects. Immune therapy is an option then also. ...Read more

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What are the consequences for patients with brain cancer when they are treated with chemotherapy?

What are the consequences for patients with brain cancer when they are treated with chemotherapy?

Few: Unfortunately few medications cross the blood brain barrier, so brain tumors are predominately treated with surgery and radiation therapy. The chemotheraputic agents we do use, temodar, (temozolomide) avastin, and the nitrosoureas typically are well tolerated and don't cause long term toxicity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is radiation therapy used to treat cancer and when is chemotherapy used?

Can you tell me exactly when is radiation therapy used to treat cancer and when is chemotherapy used?

Local v. Systemic Rx: Cancer rx involves treating the organ where the cancer developed (local rx) as well as any cancer cells that may have broken away from the organ of origin and travelled elsewhere in the body (systemic rx). In general, surgery and radiation therapy are local rx whereas chemotherapy is designed to circulate throughout the body and kill cancer cells. Ideally, these 3 modalities work together for cure. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy help at all with 8.7cm thyroid cancer with mestatic neck disease and spread to nearby lymph nodes ?

Thyroid treatment: First line against thyroid cancer is surgery. You need to get all detectable disease out of the neck (the primary tumor and nodal metastases). Radioactive iodine is used to eradicate remaining thyroid and thyroid cancer cells. This can also help with distant mets in lungs/bone/etc. This can be repeated. External beam radiation ; chemo are reserved for cancer that has become dangerous. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy used for all cancers?

No.: Chemotherapy is only used for cancers that have a significant chance of having spread outside the organ where they have originated. When we talk about the stage of a cancer, we are usually describing the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere". Furthermore, before recommending a particular chemotherapeutic agent, we have to be fairly certain that the cancer will be sensitive to that drug. ...Read more

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What is cancer chemotherapy?

What is cancer chemotherapy?

Complicated: Chemotherapy is a broad term used to describe a variety of several types of medications used to treat cancer. The medicines may each function quite differently, affect cancer cells and other body cells differently, and are tailored as much ad possible for each person & each type of cancer. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause cancer?

Can chemotherapy cause cancer?

Effects of chemorx: Yes, a potential side negative side effect of chemotherapy is the creation of other neoplasms which may be cancerous. Chemotherapy must be administered carefully under close observation and control of knowledgeable physician; oral chemotherapy entrusts great responsibility to the receiving patient; great care must be taken to dose correctly and as directed. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy control my cancer?

Can chemotherapy control my cancer?

Depends: Every cancer is different and we are even learning that each tumor may act very different depending on its genetic makeup. For example we are learning genetic differences in breast tumors may help us predict who may respond to chemo and what type of chemo. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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