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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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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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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?

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?

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

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What type of doctor can order a chemotherapy?

What type of doctor can order a chemotherapy?

Oncologist: Several. Hematologist/oncologist, gyn onc, neuro onc. And depending on definition of "chemo" -- urology, rheumatology, nephrology, etc. That is, many of these drugs are used for a variety of diseases including non-cancer. ...Read more

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Is cancer chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

Chemotherapy nuclear: Chemotherapy is a chemical, usually a toxic chemical that one would consider poison if used in a particular way. It is in no way nuclear or radioactive. That would be radiation. ...Read more

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Is imuran/azathioprine a type of chemotherapy drug?

Is imuran/azathioprine a type of chemotherapy drug?

Azathioprine: Not technically a chemotherapy drug more like an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Which type of cancer is chemotherapy least effective against?

Chemotherapy: This is a difficult question because cancer is not a single disease. In most cases, localized solid tumors are best treated by surgery. Leukemia and lymphoma as well as cancers that have spread tend to be more likely treatable with systemic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Which type of cancer is chemotherapy most effective against and the least effective against?

Which type of cancer is chemotherapy most effective against and the least effective against?

OK, I'll bite..: Chemo has been very effective against testicular cancer and many lymphomas, but not all. It's not too successful against glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, or anaplastic thyroid cancer. Overall, how effective chemo is depends on many variables, including the tumor-host response, an individual relationship between a patient and their cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Fast growing ones!: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy affect the most rapidly-growing cells, which are usually the cancer cells! But they also affect other fast growing cells including hair follicles, the cells lining your stomach and intestines, and your white blood cells. That explains the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Fast growing cells: Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy killl cells which are proliferating faster like the cells in our skin, hair, GI tract, gonads and blood cells. Most of these effects are short lived and the body is capable of recovering back to normal within a matter of 2-3 weeks after stopping these treatments. ...Read more

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I have nonseminoma testicular cancer and have to have chemotherapy. What side effects will I be experiencing? What types of activities are restricted?

I have nonseminoma testicular cancer and have to have chemotherapy. What side effects will I be experiencing? What types of activities are restricted?

Here a few highlight: I am sure your oncologist will educate you before giving you chemo. In general, chemo for testicular cancer is associated with considerable side effects like nausea/vomiting and low blood counts which can make you feel weak (due to anemia) and also at some risk for infections. But the treatment course is shorter than any other cancer. So it is 3 months of inconvenience but a likely high cure proba. ...Read more

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Are there different types of chemotherapy for a person with localized recurrent pancreatic cancer? Want to reduce dimensions. Can you name some?

Are there different types of chemotherapy for a person with localized recurrent pancreatic cancer? Want to reduce dimensions. Can you name some?

Options: It depends on the size of the tumor, what therapy has already been given at the time of the original diagnosis, and the overall health of the patient but here are some possibilities: FOLFIRINOX, Gem-Abraxane, Gemcitabine, 5-FU, and checkpoint inhibitors. Hope this helps, and best wishes! ...Read more

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Most effective chemotherapy agent for non small cell type 1 lung cancer?

Most effective chemotherapy agent for non small cell type 1 lung cancer?

Molecular map reqd: We know now that about 50% of non small cell lung cancers have a detectable mutation that has a targeted drug to that mutation. This means that the most effective drugs can be used efficiently and targetted to the specific tumor cell type. Mind you although 50% do not have drugs that are capable of targetting a specific mutation we still do know the mutations. There are molecular tests to use. ...Read more

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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues. The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt!
chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects (like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

Yes: This is a great question! chemotherapy can damage your eggs or sperm, so it's vital that you talk about your desire to have children before starting chemotherapy! Men can bank sperm before chemotherapy and women can bank eggs/embryos. Many types of chemotherapy can make you infertile depending on your age, but you can safely have children later if you've planned ahead and stored your "stuff"! ...Read more

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What risks are associated with chemotherapy?

There are a few: Chemotherapy has side effects but they can be controlled with counter drugs. Side effects may come in the form of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, low blood counts which can lead to infections. So a close monitoring is required and antidotes to prevent these side effects are used as needed. ...Read more

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