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Side Effects Of Chemotherapy For Ovarian Cancer
Many: Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more
It depends: For stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer, 6 "cycles" of chemotherapy with taxol (paclitaxel) and Carboplatin are usually given. One treatment is given every 3 weeks, so the total time of chemotherapy is 18 weeks. For recurrrent ovarian cancer, the same treatment is sometimes used again. Other chemo regimens take different amounts of time. Ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am i still at risk for cancer? #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., i had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading
Yes, you are.: You are always at a risk of your cancer returning. The higher your stage, the higher the risk. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill any cells that were not removed by surgery. Hopefully that worked and got every last cancer cell, but ovarian cancer has a nasty tendency to come back. Go here for the statistics: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?
No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?
Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, i think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Doctor's. Like to know with ovarian cancer stage 3. If doctor tells you after treatment you are good will they give you chemotherapy for precaution ?
Most likely: Assuming the statement was from the surgeon he/she most likely meant that they successfully removed the majority, if not all the cancer they could see. Research has shown that chemotherapy administration after surgery for stage 3 disease is beneficial; therefore, you will most likely be offered the treatment. The treatment is to reduce the risk of recurrence and can be viewed as precautionary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Totally variable: Completely depends on which chemotherapy agents are being used (ex bleomycin vs. vincristine) Talk to your oncologist, and be selective when getting info from internet. Can start here: http://m.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/understandingchemotherapyaguideforpatientsandfamilies/index Take care. ...Read more
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