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Is Lupron Chemotherapy
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
CA along meninges: Intrathecal chemotherapy is chemo delivered into the spinal fluid. Commonly, this is done via a device called an Ommaya reservoir, an injection port placed under the scalp and connected to spinal fluid within the brain. Intrathecal chemo is usually the best way to treat cancer which is in the spinal fluid, along the meninges. Depending on tumor type, it can be quite effective. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In fact, some of the anti-anxiety agents such as Ativan might help with nausea problem. Another drug that is helpful is zyprexa (olanzapine).
The only concern is that some drugs might interfere with the breakdown of some chemotherapy drugs. Your oncologist should be able to review your meds for interaction with treatment.
Even tamoxifen can have interactions with antidepressants. ...Read more