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Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

No: Orencia, or abatacept, is a medication that blocks t cells, which are part of your immune system. Orencia is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is given intravenously. It can depress your immune system, but it is not the same as chemotherapy. I would call it an immunomodulatory drug. ...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


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Can you please describe the cancer types that respond well to chemotherapy?

Can you please describe the cancer types that respond well to chemotherapy?

Well....: Many lymphomas, and testicular cancer, are two forms which are famously benefited by chemotherapy. Speak to your oncologist, who can better discuss the benefits of chemotherapy for your individual cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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What type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy?

Cancer cells: Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells, which is does quite well. There is some effect on normal cells(blood cells) yet it is much less than to cancer cells and it is temporary effect on blood cells which recover in 3-4 weeks time.. They are back to normal. ...Read more

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Which tissue types would be most likely to be destroyed by chemotherapy?

Which tissue types would be most likely to be destroyed by chemotherapy?

The one growing fast: The one most likely be destroyed more/affected by chemo would be the ones that are growing in more rapid fashion- like cancer cells which would be the purpose - and unfortunately some other normal cells like hair cells, mucosal cells- i.e. In intestines, mucous membranes (the lining inside the mouth) . That is why diarrrhea , oral ulcer, hair loss are quite common side efect of certain chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Which types of cancers does chemotherapy cure?

Which types of cancers does chemotherapy cure?

Several: All but the most localized cases of hodgkin's, osteosarcomas, ewings', and embryonal cell carcinoma of the testis, and all choriocarcinomas and pediatric leukemias, were the kiss of death until chemotherapy. Today we expect cures in the majority of these cases using chemotherapy. This is in contrast to most lung, breast, colon, prostate, stomach, brain where chemo may give time but no cure. ...Read more

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Which type of chemotherapy do patients with apl get?

Chemo + ATRA: Usually an anthracycline, typically daunorubicin. Also all trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Sometimes cytarabine is used as well. Now some of the protocols don't use any chemotherapy. Now some are treated with Arsenic Trioxide and ATRA. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

Hello docs, is chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

No: No nuclear medicine can be used to treat/eliminate cancer but it uses a completely different mechanism to fight cancer. Most chemo uses chemicals to interrupt the cell cycle to cause cell death. Nuclear medicine uses beta and now Alpha radiation to eliminate the cancer cells. ...Read more

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What are the different types of chemotherapy that fights off cancer?

What are the different types of chemotherapy that fights off cancer?

Many choices: There are many chemotherapy drugs just like there are many antibiotics. Some chemo drugs are administered through iv, others are a pill. Some chemo drugs are specific to one type of cancer others are used for more then one kind of cancer. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any information on mitoxantrone, some type of chemotherapy?

Yes.: It is used in the treatment of certain types of cancer, mostly metastatic breast cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, non-hodgkin's lymphoma, and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I believe it is also used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more