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Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

If: If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex (anastrozole) not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! S/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

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Is chemo really an effective cancer treatment?

Is chemo really an effective cancer treatment?

It depends: Chemotherapy is very effective for treatment of some cancers. It can be curative in some cases and prolong life in others. However, chemotherapy, due to its nature, is toxic, and any treatment with chemotherapy should involve a discussion of risks and benefits (and possible outcomes) before starting. ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy really cure cancer?

Could chemotherapy really cure cancer?

Yes!: Chemo by itself can cure cancers like lymphoma and testicular. It can also be part of a multidisciplinary treatment together with surgery and/or radiation that can achieve a cure in several kinds of early stage cancers including breast, colon, head and neck, and others. ...Read more

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Do I need chemo for every type of cancer?

Do I need chemo for every type of cancer?

No: There are at least 1000 different types and most can be early or advanced. The question of which ones are best cmgiven chemotherapeutic occupies the minds of the best scientists ...Read more

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I have a child with cancer is scared of chemo. Need advice?

I have a child with cancer is scared of chemo. Need advice?

Get Help!: I'm sorry you and your child have to face cancer treatment, and I hope for a cure. Is your child being treated at a children's cancer center? Usually these centers have child life specialists, social workers, and psychologists to help kids and families. Play therapy really works. Kids are very tough and usually most afraid of making their parents worry. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat 2 different types of cancer at once with chemo?

Is it possible to treat 2 different types of cancer at once with chemo?

Yes, it can be done: Some of the Best chemotherapy drugs are effective against more than one or two cancers. So we can combine 2 or 3 drugs in order to provide a broad coverage. If you can tell us the exact situation with your case (What types of cancer and which chemo drugs have been proposed to be used??) I can give you a more useful answer. ...Read more

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Are any OTC health products helpful if you have cancer and will get chemo?

Yes: It will depend entirely on what drugs you will be getting. Ways of controlling upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, aches, and general discomfort are best discussed with your oncologist. This is not the place to discuss medical marijuana, and I need to urge you to obey the law in your jurisdiction. Good luck and thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Child with cancer is scared of chemo, need advice on how to deal with them?

Child with cancer is scared of chemo, need advice on how to deal with them?

CBT: Find a child therapist to work with who is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has been clinically proven to decrease children's anxiety and help them cope with trauma. Talk to other parent's who have children getting chemo. Remember to take care of yourself so you can best help your child. Good info available here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/youngpeople ...Read more

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Do you think many cancer deaths attributed to the disease may actually be caused by effects from chemo?

Do you think many cancer deaths attributed to the disease may actually be caused by effects from chemo?

No: Though cancer can be caused by chemo or radiation. The vast majority of people who die of cancer are not the cancers induced by these treatments. The ability to help patients far outways this risk. ...Read more

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What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

Immune suppression: The same drugs are used to treat some autoimmune disorders, like SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and treatment of organ rejection after transplants. ...Read more

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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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If a testi is found to have cancer, can chemo or radiation be used?

If a testi is found to have cancer, can chemo or radiation be used?

It depends: Surgery is the first step in the process. The tissue type (seminoma or not) will help define the role for radiation and /or chemotherapy. The stage of disease detemined by scans and blood work will help decide the need for further therapy. ...Read more

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What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option.

End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...Read more

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Do cancers have post chemo maintenance program?

No, not all of them: Most chemotherapy programs are used for 4-6 cycles but in some cancers, continuing a milder form of chemotherapy in the form of maintenance has been shown to be useful and is a good option of treatment which your oncologist can explain to you, if necessary or indicated in your case.. ...Read more

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What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

What good food can cancer patients eat while on chemo?

It depends: The patient's general situation and other issues play a major role in what can be eaten. If a patient has lost a great deal of weight do to the cancer, treatment or surgery, a low volume, high calorie diet might be best. If the chemotherapy has caused taste changes, it may be difficult to find foods that are ok. Some surgeries may change what can be eaten.
Talk to the oncologist and nutritionist. ...Read more

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Why am I getting chemo (tumor removed)when others with cancer do not?

Your Doc can explain: Chemo is often used after removing the tumors especially when the tumor is large or has spread into the nearby lymph nodes. You should ask your doctor the stage of your cancer, only then you can compare your case with anyone else's. The treatments are typically stage-based. ...Read more

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What should I do to help my boyfriend through his gastric cancer chemo?

What should I do to help my boyfriend through his gastric cancer chemo?

Be his support: The needs of patients with cancer are many. That is where you can help him. Ask him what he would like you to do, both for her personal care as well as his treatments. Just being there and offering your help and support will go a long way to lift up his morale and make a big difference in his ability to cope and hopefully recover from this ordeal. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best chemo pill to take at first stage of cancer?

Help please? What is the best chemo pill to take at first stage of cancer?

None: The earliest cancers tend to be curable with surgery without adjunct chemotherapy being helpful. It varies from cancer to cancer. There's no one solution. ...Read more

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What are some long term side effects of these chemo drugs, if you survive your cancer?

What are some long term side effects of these chemo drugs, if you survive your cancer?

Which chemo?: It really depends on which chemo you will be receiving. There is a wide variety. Some can leave you with numbness in your fingers and toes, others contribute to infertility, and many contribute to a higher lifetime risk of developing new skin cancer with sun exposure. Your medical oncologist should be an excellent resource for this question. ...Read more

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Husband diagnosed with cancer & given chemo 18mnths ago. Now they say his markers are raised?

Husband diagnosed with cancer & given chemo 18mnths ago. Now they say his markers are raised?

Maybe more ca cells.: Some cancer cells secrete a hormone or antigen that can be measured in the blood, and give a hint of a tumor's presence or a recurrence of growth of new cancer cells. Examples are psa in prostate ca, CEA in colon ca. How specific the markers are, the quantity increase, the sensitivity all are factors determining the significance clinically. The trained oncologist will discuss meaning & rx options. ...Read more

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My wife is going through chemo and has cancer. What is the best type of diet to help combat this?

My wife is going through chemo and has cancer. What is the best type of diet to help combat this?

Healthy diet: She should eat healthy which means avoiding too much of animal fats. She can eat an equal amount of carbs (pasta and starches) and proteins like eggs and low fat dairy. As long as her weight is in the normal range there is not much to worry about. Just a balanced meal is what she needs to consume. F. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have cancer and you are not doing chemo when or do you start feeling sick?

I'm just wondering, if you have cancer and you are not doing chemo when or do you start feeling sick?

?: Not sure what you are asking. Cancer patients can have symptoms caused by the cancer itself but that depends a lot on many factors. Your oncologist can answer that question better because he/she knows your particular situation. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is cancer diagnosis along with chemo a reason to go on disability leave from work?

Depends on therapy: This would depend on the type of cancer, and the type of treatment. If it is one that required surgery and some healing time, then certainly one needs some time off. Also, it it requires chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, one may feel tired and may require some time off. Also, don't forget that chemotherapy has its side effects and may require frequent visits with the oncologist. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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Have been dignoss with rectal cancer, have been treated with radio and chemo, suregent say's he need's two inche's to not perform have been dignoss with rectal cancer, have been treated witn radio and chemo, surgent say's cancer is to low and must peform

Although: Some lesions are amenable to saving the anal sphincter, but very low lesions require removal of the anus and a permanent colostomy. Although the anus can be spared the result may not be satisfactory, with frequent stooling, which in some cases leads to the patient being home bound. The goal of surgery with neoadjuvant chemo/radition is a cure! Retaining the anus and not a cure is not a great resul. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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