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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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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

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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?

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?

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