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Is pancytopenia resulting from chemotherapy is same as aplastic anemia?

Is pancytopenia resulting from chemotherapy is same as aplastic anemia?

No: Aplastic anemia means something is wrong with your bone marrow and it cannot make red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. It can be caused by toxins, infections, or autoimmune problems. Often the cause is never found. Pancytopenia from chemotherapy means a decrease in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets caused by the toxic effect of chemo. This improves with time. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Pancytopenia (Definition)

This is a decrease in all the cell lines of your blood. Meaning the white count, hemoglobin and platelets. If someone is anemic, the hemoglobin is low. If someone us thrombocytopenic, the platelet count is low. If someone is pancytopenic, all cell lines are ...Read more


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Can somebody experience slurred speech due to chemotherapy?

Can somebody experience slurred speech due to chemotherapy?

Maybe: Slurred speech during chemotherapy is more likely due to medications used to prevent side-effects of chemotherapy rather than chemotherapy itself. ...Read more

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What are chemotherapy tablets?

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?

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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What is tropical pancytopenia?

What is tropical pancytopenia?

Let me explain: Pertaining to the tropics, the regions of the earth lying between the tropic of cancer above the equator and the tropic of capricorn below.
An acute to chronic disease caused by ehrlichia canis which is transmitted by the brown dog tick, rhipicephalus sanguineus. It is characterized by fever, nasal and eye discharges, and emaciation.. ...Read more

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How dangerous is chemotherapy?

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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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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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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Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

Is it possible to die from chemotherapy?

YES.: Chemotherapeutic agents can and do have significant toxicities and can lead to death. So (1) see a reallly good oncologist and (2) reseach carefully what the outcomes are from the agents being used. This is a highly regulated area of medicine - much knowledge is out there.
The difficulty, at time, s is that the choices between alternate therapies is confusing.
See a good oncologist... ...Read more

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What is the effectiveness of chemotherapy?

Short term help: For most malignancies other than renalcell and breast cancer, when the lesion has metastasized, control works in terms of months and no cure has been noted for solid tumors. Lymphomas are the exception where cure is seen. When a tumor is destroyed by chemo, malignant stem cells replace and regrow the tumor. ...Read more

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What should I expect at a chemotherapy session?

It varies/depends on: It depends on your circumstances. Your doctor or nurse will educate you about what they are going to do to you. Just go with an open mind, it should be an educational experience. If they give you chemotherapy during this 'session', you may also be medicated with anti-nausea medication before chemo is given. This can sometimes make you sleepy. ...Read more

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What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

What are dangers of being a chemotherapy nurse?

Oncologists: With current precautions (gloves, mixing under a hood, careful technique) you shouldn't have any more risk than any other kind of nurse. ...Read more

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What is it like to be on vac chemotherapy before?

Need more details: Tell us more about the diagnosis for which this chemo was prescribed? There are also various drugs included in the acronym of VAC. Please spell out the full names of the chemo drugs included in the VAC advised by your doctor. Who is the patient? ...Read more

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If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

If someone doesn't respond to chemotherapy, what happens next?

Tumor progress: Chemotherapy used in many different ways. It can be used with RT to minimize recurrence after surgery and improve the procedure in a neoadjuvant setting, used post op in an adjuvant setting to reduce recurrence and as a therapeutic in metastatic Ca. While prolonging survival in mets, it has resulted in no cures. Failure to respond to chemo leads to progression and a terminal event. ...Read more

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Pancytopenia is it treateble?

Depends: Pancytopenia is not a disease but the result of an illness or other situations. Sometimes even stopping a medicine may fix the problem. The first step is to determine why it's happening with the proper workup. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause a stroke?

Can chemotherapy cause a stroke?

Chemo: Stroke isn't common with chemo but can happen. Talk with the oncologist. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause bursitis?

Can chemotherapy cause bursitis?

Unlikely: It's unlikely that bursitis is caused by chemotherapy. I would consider an alternative answer. Your physician can help clarify why you have bursitis, is there a variety of other issues that need to be considered. ...Read more

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What exactly is photo chemotherapy?

PUVA (Psoralen+UVA): Photochemotherapy/phototherapy generally refers to puva therapy using psoralen (taken by mouth) and then later "tanning" to ultraviolet a light (uv-a) to treat various skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma and skin manifestations of graft-versus-host disease. The psoralen makes the offending cells in the skin sensitive to damage from ultraviolet a. ...Read more

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Is pancytopenia same as neutropenia?

Is pancytopenia same as neutropenia?

Related terms: Neutropenia refers to low numbers of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils. Pancytopenia refers to low numbers of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Pancytopenic patients are therefore usually neutropenic but the reverse is not always true. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy make you sterile?

Maybe: Chemo can definitely reduce fertility. I discuss fertility with all patients of childbearing age, and offer sperm banking to men, and referral to a fertility expert for egg harvest for women.

Menstruation after chemo is generally a marker for fertility.

Chemo can induce damage to the genes in sperm and eggs, and patients shouldn't conceive during chemo due to risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy actually very toxic?

Is chemotherapy actually very toxic?

Possible: Chemotherapy is a broad term for a large number of drugs used alone or in combination. Also the doses vary depending upon the disease. The are also variations in individual's susceptibility. There are also a large number of drugs used to combat side effects.
I can only say that it can be anything from very toxic to mild depending on the situation. ...Read more

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Is np caused by chemotherapy curable?

Np?: Could you be more specific as to what "np" is, then we can help answer your question. ...Read more

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How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

Varies with each dru: Many of the older drugs, widely used even now, are not too expensive. This includes nearly all of Chemotherapy drugs. The more modern drugs called targeted agents are more expensive, typically costing 6K-10K USD per rmonth. The brand new drugs in the last 5 years have started costing 10K-12K USD/month, which has created a lot of unrest in the medical community as it is no longer affordbable. ...Read more

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Is pancytopenia a symptom of leukemia?

Is pancytopenia a symptom of leukemia?

Yes: Pancytopenia, that is low blood counts for rbc, wbc, platelets indicates a bone marrow problem. The diagnosis requires a bone marrow biopsy. One cause of pancytopenia is leukemia. ...Read more

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How can the chemotherapy affect my dad?

How can the chemotherapy affect my dad?

Good question: But impossible to answer here. Depends on what cancer he has, what chemo he gets, how healthy he is, and many other factors that we do not know. Even so, people react differently to drugs so there is always a degree of uncertainty. You need to go over this with his oncologist before he gets the chemo. ...Read more

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Is hyperkalemia related to chemotherapy?

Is hyperkalemia related to chemotherapy?

Not necessarily: The start of chemo may cause hyperkalemia in certain cancers (leukemias, lymphoma).
Certain chemo can affect the kidneys causing hyperkalemia. But chemo is not always related to hyperkalemia. ...Read more

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Do chemotherapy side effects get better?

Mostly: There are many side effects to chemotherapy and most get better with time. The exact side effects vary with different drugs. Some side effects like hair loss and nausea get better but certain side effects such as nerve damage (with specific drugs) or sterility (with specific drugs and dosages) may be permanent. ...Read more

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What exactly is neoadjuvant chemotherapy?

Chemo before surgery: When chemotherapy is given before surgery it's called neoadjuvant. When chemo or radiation is given in addition to and after surgery it's called adjuvant. It is only describing the order of the treatments. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Zofran (ondansetron)?: The more common issue is that the antinausea medicine causes the headache--especially zofran, (ondansetron) kytril, aloxi. So check your meds and ask your nurse or doctor. ...Read more

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What do chemotherapy drugs do to your body?

Many things: Chemotherapy kills cells that rapidly divide. These include hair cells and cells lining your stomach, intestines and mouth, and blood cells. Different chemotherapies have different side effects, but many cause hair loss, diarrhea and indigestion, mouth sores and decreased blood counts. Some cause heart damage, hearing loss, or nerve damage. ...Read more

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What are long term effects from chemotherapy?

Many possible: It all depends on what treatment you received and at what age you were treated (adult survivors of childhood cancer are at much increased risk). Late effects can include infertility, a secondary cancer, heart or kidney problems, and diabetes just to name a few. For someone treated when they were. ...Read more

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What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

DEPENDS: It all depends on the chemotherapy drug. Each has its own side effect profile and it does not mean that the person who receives it will experience the side effects associated with it. We all hear nausea, vomiting, tiredness and hair loss but again best thing is to talk to your treating oncologist and/or nurse. ...Read more

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Stoping chemotherapy is it bad for the patient?

Tough question!: I am assuming the question is about you, but that may not be the case. I wonder if you are thinking of stopping chemotherapy because of side effects of medications. If so, ask your oncologist - there may be other chemotherapy medications that will work as well and give you less side effects. I always wonder about depression, too. Chemo - and cancer - can be a lot to handle. Get support for this! ...Read more

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Could chemotherapy rid your body of paarasites?

Possibly?: If you are referring to cancer chemotherapies, it is theoretically possible that a given chemotherapy drug could be toxic to a parasite. A quick search of the literature did turn up a class of cancer chemotherapeutics called kinase inhibitors that affects certain signaling pathways in human cells that certain parasites (malaria) require for reproduction in the host. ...Read more

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Can thrombocytopenia be induced by chemotherapy?

Yep: All blood cell lines (including platelets) can be affected by chemotherapy, some chemos more than others. Your doctor will check your CBC regularly for this. If you notice undue bleeding, though, make sure to let him/her know. ...Read more

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Rising of ca19-9 after chemotherapy, what to do?

Change therapy: Ca 19.9 is not a diagnostic marker. It should only be used for monitoring purposes after a diagnosis of colon or pancreatic cancer is made. A decrease in this marker signifies a response to treatment and an elevation in this marker after treatment was started signifies failure to respond. Discuss with oncologist what is the next approach to be employed. ...Read more

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What is the best detox method after chemotherapy?

Fluids!: Chemotherapy is in your bloodstream for a fairly short period of time (less than a day) in most cases. It is broken down by your liver/kidneys into metabolites which are eliminated. Staying well-hydrated will help flush these from your body. Some heavy metals in chemo, ie platinum, can remain detectable in your body forever. A naturopath may be more helpful than I am in this regard! ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more