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Can you die from chemo?

Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...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 a port for chemo?

What is a port for chemo?

"ports" are: Accessible devices under the skin that allow puncture and direct line to the venous system. It prevents multiple sticks and extravasation of caustic chemo outside veins. When chemo is completed, it should be removed. ...Read more

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How often is chemo and who decides?

How often is chemo and who decides?

Medical Oncologist: The frequency of a chemotherapy regimen is coordinated with your medical oncologist. The important factors include what kind of cancer is being treated, what kind of chemotherapy is being used, and the overall health of the patient being treated. ...Read more

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Could i go from chemo to life suport?

It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more

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How can you stay in shape during chemo?

How can you stay in shape during chemo?

Stay active: Your need to remain active and exercise daily if possible. Walking is the best exercise if you can do that. But any physical exercise and movement will help to keep you strong and also give you a sense of well being. ...Read more

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What is one's ife expectancy after chemo?

It depends...: The potenial benefit of chemotherapy depends on the tumor type, biomarkers (eg, er/pr/her2 in breast cancer), stage, etc. For some diseases "calculators" can help determine the absolute risk reduction (as opposed to "relative" risk reduction). Some cancers may have limited benefit from chemo and others may benefit greatly. ...Read more

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What kind of food should I eat during chemo?

It varies: It depends on the type of cancer and treatment. Some treatments can cause swallowing issues or change in the taste of foods. Thoses issues would have an impact. Some cancers might cause weight loss and the diet might need to address that. Check with your oncologist. ...Read more

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What can I expect from my first day of chemo?

Nothing to worry: Do not anticipate any problems. Chemotherapy is simply taking medicines and most people(70-80%) have no side effects on day-1. Later there may be some mild nausea and lowered blood counts that your doctor or nurse will explain to you more about. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please? What is chemo and what does it do?

Medicine for cancer: Chemo stands for Chemotherapy which means medicines(drugs) used for treatment of cancer. ...Read more

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How do should I know the best chemo drug for me?

You can't: The choice of the best chemotherapy is extremely complicated and you will need to rely on your oncologist. He or she has spent literally years learning how to answer this question for you. Let them do their job. ...Read more