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What is chemotherapy?

What is chemotherapy?

Drugs for cancer: Various drugs are using alone or in combination to treat cancer. Collectively, they are called chemotherapy and can be used as single agents or in combinations. Many times biologic agents such as antibodies are also grouped in this category because the are used to fight cancer as well. ...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 is chemotherapy?

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy: Is a fairly broad term to describe medications given to treat cancer. This is not necessarily limited to intravenous drugs. ...Read more

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How chemotherapy works?

How chemotherapy works?

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a very broad term. Each agent works differently. Some replace parts of the dna of fast growing cells, some attack the way dna is repaired, some block very specific receptors needed for the cancer to grow. ...Read more

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What's chemotherapy like?

What's chemotherapy like?

Individualized: Some people tolerate chemotherapy well, and some have very severe side effects, usually weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and/or hair loss depending on what specific treatment you are using. The younger the better able you are to tolerate the side effects. ...Read more

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How is being on chemotherapy?

How is being on chemotherapy?

Nothing different th: Chemotherapy is use of drugs to treat cancer. Many of these drugs are quite similar to receiving other drugs like IV antibiotics. Chemotherapy does have some side effects which can be in the form of nausea or vomiting and sometimes hair loss. Blood counts tend to go down 1-2 weeks alter, so they need to be checked to make sure the white cell counts do not go down too low...This can cause infection. ...Read more

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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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Does chemotherapy cause damage?

Does chemotherapy cause damage?

It can : Some chemotherapy can damage the stem cells and lead to a secondary cancer. Usually the benefits outweigh the risks. The risk is low, about 1-2%. Can rarely cause other problems as well, such as numbness, rare lung problems, heart problems. This should be discussed with you and your oncologist. Hope this helps ...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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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues.The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt! chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects(like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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How can chemotherapy effect the body?

How can chemotherapy effect the body?

Its toxic: While chemotherapy can help reduce the size of a a tumor and improve the interval of survival, it does have toxic activity on the body. Adriamycin and its analogs have a certain degree of toxicity. The platinum drugs can cause impairment in renal function. The taxols (paclitaxel) produce peripheral neuropathy especially in the feet and many cause hair loss, nausea, vomiting and drop in WBC and hct.. ...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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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...Read more

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How does chemotherapy affect your body?

How does chemotherapy affect your body?

Killing fast movers: Traditional chemotherapy -- in general -- kills fast growing cells. Cancer cells are fast growing, so it attacks them. But, many other cells of our body are growing and dividing, like hair follicles and the linings from our mouth to our anus. Chemo kills these cells too; this explains hair loss, mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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