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Lasting Side Effects Of Chemotherapy For Colon Cancer
Many: Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
Ask your oncologist: That's an interesting question. It would depend on the regimen you were on, so ask your oncologist at your next visit. He/she can describe dosage , complications, and general expectations. Good luck. ...Read more
It depends ... : Dysphagia is a common side effect with many chemo therapeutic regimens. Some treatments can decrease a patient's ability to fight off fungal and bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and digestive systems. The diagnosis of this isn't usually difficult and can in many cases be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets
65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?
It's improving!: All it really means is the CEA is going in the right direction ... falling after chemotherapy. You can not reliably speculate on what the number changes might say about the magnitude of improvement. There is too much individual variability and unpredictability for that. I would be pleased that these changes have occurred. Best wishes as you continue your treatment:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Improves survival: Chemo may help improve survival but does not result in cure. It is used pre operatively as neo adjuivant chemo to help improve resection or as adjuvant after surgery to help prolong survival. It is best employed in combination chemo such as FOLFOX to optimize response. ...Read more
It is an old regimen: It is one of the effective treatment regimens for metastatic colon Cancer which first appeared on the scene more than 5 years back and became popular for a while to be soon upgraded with other more effective modern regimens which also include Avastin in combination with chemotherapy. ...Read more
If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread ? As all was fine before chemo ( no distant spread ) ?
What kind of mets: it depends what kind of metastases we are talking about. if the spread to the lymph nodes, surgery and chemotherapy, and possible radiation therapy could be very helpful. if the spread to the liver the prognosis is less optimistic, unless the metastases are able to be resected. other metastases are less promising in spite of chemotherapy and radiation therapy .like bone and brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See an oncologist : Colon chance chemotherapy has a lot options now, and a thoughtful short and potential long term plan is what i necessary. Some oncologist believe that one day soon metastatic colon cancer may even be able to be treated as a chronic disease. I have certainly seen patients live for a decade with stage 4 disease. I wish you all the best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I mean if chemotherapy does not work fir metastic colon cancer , can anything be done , any new drugs ?
Yes: Depending where mets are, direct therapy can be offered resecting lung lesions locally, using chemoembolization for lesions in liver and hyperthermic perfusion for peritoneal seeding. Immunotherapy for VEGF and epidermal growth factors can also be employed as well as new drugs in Phase II-III such as mAbs targeting post translational modification of MUC5ac and CEAcam 5,6`oncofetal proteins/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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