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Is There Really Any Point In Chemo For Stage Four Overain Cancer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Do you think many cancer deaths attributed to the disease may actually be caused by effects from chemo?
I am wondering what herbs can I take for cancer instead of chemo which is the killer more than the cancer?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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