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Would taking kung fu lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Yes: There are many forms of martial arts that could improve your self- esteem & your ability to defend yourself. ...Read more

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For what cancers does chemotherapy with cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) 5-fu help?

For what cancers does chemotherapy with cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) 5-fu help?

Not a standard treat: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) and 5-fu jused to be used as first line chemo for breast cancer, but there are much more effacious drugs available now. I would not use these drugs now as first line treatment fofr anything except in special circumstances. ...Read more

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

Yes, absolutely: 5fu (fluorouracil) based chemotherapy is the standard chemotherapy in colon cancer. Combination of 5-FU and oxaliplatin is widely used and a standard regiment of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. A big randoomized clinical trial in colon cancer ( mosaic study) has demonstrated the overall survival benefit of using combination of 5fu (fluorouracil)/oxaliplatin in stage iii colon cancer and limited case of stage ii disease. ...Read more

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Can you mix streptozocin, 5-FU (fluorouracil), and doxorubicin (adriamycin)?

Can you mix streptozocin, 5-FU (fluorouracil), and doxorubicin (adriamycin)?

Yes it can be done: These 3 drugs have been use din combination in the past. Not a great combination in general but it can be done. ...Read more

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Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma .Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine without improv.I'm 64 y?

Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma .Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine without improv.I'm 64 y?

There are new agents: There are several new agents for this disease. It is uncommon and you need a good assessment of the status of both your disease and your ability to take treatment. There are oral agents, antibodies, drugs like velcade (bortezomib) that might be helpful. I would suggest an evaluation by an oncologist who is familiar with this disease. ...Read more

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80 yr old w/ cancer btween kidney/colon with lung metastasis, giving her nexavar (sorafenib) & pain patches overall health has decreased is radiation good option?

80 yr old w/ cancer btween kidney/colon with lung metastasis, giving her nexavar (sorafenib) & pain patches overall health has decreased is radiation good option?

Complicated question: I don't think i or anyone can answer this for you as welll as the oncologist can or the team who is treating your loved one. Nexavar (sorafenib) is for a few advanced stage cancers. At age 80 with metastatic disease and overall decline in her health, sounds like whatever is being done including radiation would be palliative (to ease her suffering). Talk openly with providers about goals. God bless you. ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 node, 1 sub pleural nodule. Chemo resistence.. Tried Xeloda (capecitabine) and irinotecan both. Can anyting be done ?

Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver , 1 node, 1 sub pleural nodule. Chemo resistence.. Tried Xeloda (capecitabine) and irinotecan both. Can anyting be done ?

Try HT Concierge: Marilyn, given your situation, you need more advice that can be given in short answers like this. I would recommend a second opinion in England, In whatever regional center is best. In addition, consider health top concierge. Several excellent oncologists are available by searching. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Help please! is chemotherapy effective on high grade spindle cell sarcoma?

Help please! is chemotherapy effective on high grade spindle cell sarcoma?

Yes it often is: Spindle cell cancers are often called sarcomas. They can arise either in the soft tissues or in the bones. Ask your doctor what is the name of your cancer? If it is a sarcoma, chemotherapy is useful in about half of the cases, often it is used in conjunction with surgery and radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Peripheral t-cell lymphoma cure: chop induction+ifosfamide/mtx + autologous transplant or romidepsim+brenduximab?

Peripheral t-cell lymphoma cure: chop induction+ifosfamide/mtx + autologous transplant or romidepsim+brenduximab?

Complex problem: Cannot comment with 2 lines of information. Need the entire clinical context. If you seek more detailed information get a formal second opinion. ...Read more

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Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Yes: Target agents that have activity either as single agent or as combination for recurrent or refractory metastatic colon cancer as a second line include: Avastin (bevacizumab) or Cetuximab/Panitumumab (if k-ras, n-ras, b-raf are wide type) or Regorafenib (inhibitor of angiogenic receptor) or aflibercept. FOLFOX may be effective too after irinotecan has failed. Clinical trials are aslo available. ...Read more

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Are things like radiation therapy, 5-fluorouracil, or interferon (IFN) therapy safe hypertrophic scar treatments or over the top? Other options?

Are things like radiation therapy, 5-fluorouracil, or interferon (IFN) therapy safe hypertrophic scar treatments or over the top? Other options?

Scar treatment: Nothing is "over the top", if you have done the appropriate therapies and aren't getting the results you want. You should always consider the risk/benefit ratio for anything you contemplate doing. ...Read more

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Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more

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Nhl grade 3a stage 1, 6 cycles of rchop-21 and igrt 30 gy taken. Is rituximab maintenace therapy required further?

Nhl grade 3a stage 1, 6 cycles of rchop-21 and igrt 30 gy taken. Is rituximab maintenace therapy required further?

Maintenance therapy: ...with rituximab is commonly given for follicular lymphoma, but not so much for other types of NHL (non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). Rituximab maintenance forestalls the the recurrence of the disease, but does not necessarily make patients live longer; because they could also wait and get rituximab a 2nd time when there disease relapses. ...Read more

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Bleomycin injections ok for kids plantar warts?

Bleomycin injections ok for kids plantar warts?

Probably not: There is currently no literature on dosing instructions for use on children. ...Read more

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I've been asked to ignore iliopsoas snap. V painful. Tried modalities, modification, weeks of intensive pt & steroids. Pls help. 17yrs f?

I've been asked to ignore iliopsoas snap. V painful. Tried modalities, modification, weeks of intensive pt & steroids. Pls help. 17yrs f?

Hang in there: If it does not get better in the future options would include arthroscopic tendon release but at age 17 i would try the non surgical method as long as you can. ...Read more