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I received 6 chemotherapy rounds (R-chop) for lymphoma. I want to be a dad but I'm not sure if my kid would be born healthy or normal. Should I worry?
Some response: meds like xeloda have some tempoary benefit suppressing DNA function as an oral 5FU. Long term responses are not seen requiring combination therapy to give an optimjum response. Eventually if cancer does show a good response, malignant stem cells will repopulate the site of the original metastasis. ...Read more
My brother has metastatic renal cell carcinoma and it's spread the doctor said he could pass anytime y r they still giving him chemotherapy?
So sorry : Once cancer metastasizes, it is no longer curable. However, individuals can live for some time especially if they are being treated by chemo or targeted therapies. I don't know your brother's exact situation nor dx. If treatment is too toxic for him, he can elect to stop. Drs may be giving him palliative tx which can help with pain and other symptoms. When time comes, consider hospice to help all. ...Read more
What is the best way to recover from low WBC after chemotherapy (r-cvp for stage 2 diffuse large b-cell lymphoma) for a very elderly (85y) patient?
It depends.: R-cvp is a relatively milder regimen and therefore it does not usually result in very low wbcs. In general, modest decrease in WBC is expected and is not associated with higher risk for infections unless WBC become very low with neutrophil count below 500. If this is the case, you doctor may decide to use a growth factor given after chemotherapy to stimulate your bone marrow to produced wbcs. ...Read more
My mom has cervical cancer stage 2 dr's r saying have radiation and chemotherapy but it is possible to have surgery?
Not advisable: For stage 2 cervical cancer, most people recommend chemo + radiation. Surgery alone is unlikely to remove all the cancer, so they would have to have chemo and/or radiation anyway. Older studies showed very high complication rates with surgery + radiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Slow: Diet and exercise appear to have benefit in various cancers. Most data is in breast cancer. However, while on chemo, start slowly. I would suggest walking as tolerated. Focus on getting through chemo, then consider a personal trainer or post-cancer group to help you gradually acclimate to exercise and work on diet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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