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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?

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

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How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

How safe is synsepalum dulcificum while on chemo?

Not likely a problem: It has been used by some to decrease the metallic taste from some chemo agents on a very limited basis. There is minimal data thus far. Unlikely to interfere with chemo. ...Read more

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How do you handle the pain and discomfort of chemo?

How do you handle the pain and discomfort of chemo?

Pain from chemo?myth: When patients say they are fearful of pain from chemotherapy, they are generally misinformed by others. Chemo is medicine taken by injection or as pills. Just like any other medicine, there is no pain, other than when needle goes into the vein which is momentary only. So do not worry about it. let your oncologist and his/her staff teach you all that is expected, pain is not an expectation. ...Read more

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Anyone gone through chemo and had normal kids later?

Anyone gone through chemo and had normal kids later?

Many have kids: It all depends on the chemotherapy regimen. Some chemotherapy has no affect on fertility, while other regimens will make someone infertile. For this latter case, sperm banking for men and egg preservation for women before chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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For what length of time do the effects of chemo last?

For what length of time do the effects of chemo last?

Varies: There are immediate, and long term side effects. The type of drug and combination determines the risk and side effects. A short term example is nausea. A long term one is heart damage. Your oncologist can give you specific information. ...Read more

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Mcrc pt - chemo fails . What can be done if anything ?

Immunotherapy trial: At some point chemotherapy fails in patients with met. colorectal Ca. The Ca stem cells in the tumor are resistant to all forms of chemo having DNA repair mechanisms for protection. Immunotherapy with Avastin, (bevacizumab) Erbitux and Neo-101 can help. The latter targets a post translational modification of MUC5ac that acts as an immunogen and is in FDA trails. A newer mAb Neo -201 is being produced. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you go from chemo to life suport?

Please tell me, could you go from chemo to life suport?

Supportive?: I do not understand your question. Do you mean supportive therapy as in Hospice care? When and if chemotherapy fails, a patient can opt to focus on comfort. This is a perfectly acceptable decision but should not be made in haste. If this is not what you were asking, please clarify. ...Read more

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How long after chemo before you start looking ok again?

How long after chemo before you start looking ok again?

Depends: Depends on chemotherapy type & duration, tumor type and response (eg, cure vs progression), and patient factors. Too many variables to give a specific response. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to expect during first chemo round?

Please tell me what to expect during first chemo round?

Wow: No way we can answer this. Infusion protocols vary depending on the chemo. Side effects also depend on the type of chemo and how sick the patient is to begin with. Your oncologist will be able to answer this better. Do remember, attitude is important. If you go to therapy convinced you will be sick, you WILL be sick. Hope you do very well. ...Read more

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What are the odds of me having kids after 4 loads of chemo?

What are the odds of me having kids after 4 loads of chemo?

See specialist...: As previously stated, whether or not someone can still have children after receiving treatment for cancer depends on many factors. There are fertility doctors (ob/gyn) who now specialize in helping patients who are cancer survivors. I would advise you to seek one out, if possible. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Do you need a lot of strength to go through chemo sessions?

Depends but best to: Chemotherapy refers to chemical therapies that go throughout the bloodstream. There are many different kinds and different cocktails are used for different tumors. Doses and specific drugs are tailored to the health of the patient. Some regimens are very easy to tolerate with only mild affect on blood counts while others are more difficult. It is always best to be as strong as u can in prep ...Read more