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Doctor insights on: Use Of Methamphetamine During Chemotherapy

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I'm curious what occurs during a typical treament of chemotherapy?

I'm curious what occurs during a typical treament of chemotherapy?

Kept in positon: Most chemotherapeutic agents are delivered intravenously while a few can be given orally. With IV therapy which is given over several hrs the patient is kept in a lounge chair. Because of toxicity to the veins when given iv, a port is usually placed in the subclavian vein and placed under the skin where the IV line can easily be introduced. ...Read more

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What precautions should be taken during chemotherapy... Wht should be eaten.....

What precautions should be taken during chemotherapy... Wht should be eaten.....

Diet ; supplements: Many controlled studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms ; other supplements decrease side effects of chemotherapy and improve outcomes. But some immune boosters like noni may interfere with chemotherapy, so use caution. See http://bit. Ly/1h0paux
diet should be rich in organic veggies, avocado, less-sweet fruits ; healthy oils but avoid sugars ; limit starches. See http://bit. Ly/18czc57. ...Read more

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How much vomiting can you expect during chemotherapy?

How much vomiting can you expect during chemotherapy?

Depends: Some chemotherapy drugs cause more nausea than others. There are many good drugs today that can decrease the amount of nausea and work for days at a time. Besides the medicines to decrease nausea, other things that help are small frequent high protein meals instead of large meals. ...Read more

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What can a low white blood count mean during chemotherapy?

What can a low white blood count mean during chemotherapy?

Low WBC: Chemotherapy of some types can cause a decrease in the white blood cells that are formed in the bone marrow. This is a concern because white blood cells are used by the body to fight off infection. If the WBC gets too low then the body is at risk for infections so sometimes chemo has to be stopped to let the white blood cells recover. ...Read more

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How often do are you supposed to vomit during chemotherapy?

How often do are you supposed to vomit during chemotherapy?

How about never?: You are not 'supposed' to vomit. Not all chemo drugs will cause vomiting and there are many agents used nowadays to prevent that side effect. Sadly, some people will still have nausea and even vomit but you should not assume that is the rule. Word of advise: if you are 'sure' you will vomit with chemo, there is very little your doc can do to prevent it. Very powerful the mind is.... ...Read more

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Is weight loss during chemotherapy a desired phenomenon? Its 55kg aftr 3rd cycle now from 60kg

Is weight loss during chemotherapy a desired phenomenon? Its 55kg aftr 3rd cycle now from 60kg

Usually no...: Unless someone is quite obese before starting chemotherapy, weight loss is not desired. It can be quite difficult to maintain good nutrition while receiving chemo. Having a thorough nutritional evaluation before beginning, and at regular intervals during therapy is important. ...Read more

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What can you take for pain during chemotherapy?

What can you take for pain during chemotherapy?

Why should you have: There is little reason to have pain during chemo? It is a myth that some ignorant people can pass on to you. Giving chemotherapy is like taking intravenous fluids via your vein. Chemo does not hurt although placing a needle in the vein does sting for a few minutes, but chemo itself is painless! ...Read more

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Low patlets during chemotherapy? What do I do?

Low patlets during chemotherapy? What do I do?

Wait: The chemo will wear off. If you have spontaneous bleeding, report this to your oncologist. Otherwise, do nothing and follow their advice. They know what they're doing. Low platelets occur commonly with many chemotherapeutic agents. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take maitake mushrooms extract during chemotherapy?

Is it okay to take maitake mushrooms extract during chemotherapy?

Maitake: In 2009, a phase i/ii human trial, conducted by memorial sloan–kettering cancer center, showed maitake could stimulate the immune systems of breast cancer patients.
Then it might be considered safe so far. ...Read more

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Can I be around pets during chemotherapy treatment?

Can I be around pets during chemotherapy treatment?

Yes.: We do not require people to remove pets from their home but with your defenses being down, you should not be the one cleaning up after your pet. It is hard to avoid contact but you should. If contact occurs, keep a bottle of germicidal soap or wash with soap and water. ...Read more

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Is taking herceptin (trastuzumab) better during or after chemotherapy?

Depends on the chemo: Herceptin should not be given in combination with adraimycin. It would increase the risk of heart toxicity. We do commonly give Herceptin in combination with other drugs like Carboplatin and taxotere, or paclitaxol in an adjuvant setting. Herceptin alone is done to complete 1 year of treatment. In the setting of advanced disease we give it in combination with drugs like Xeloda and navelbine (vinorelbine). ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep immune system up during chemotherapy?

What suggestions can you give to keep immune system up during chemotherapy?

Stay happy & eating: Exercise, good food, positive thinking can all help with increased immunity and getting better with the prescribed chemotherapy. You have to believe that the chemotherapy will help you. ...Read more

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Are there ways to keep the immune system functioning and up during chemotherapy?

Are there ways to keep the immune system functioning and up during chemotherapy?

It's Tough: The essentials are a good diet rich in proteins, and some luck. Some chemo therapies really cause profound decreases in the white blood cells and this can be battled with medicines such as Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen. There will be peaks and valleys in your white cell counts. When low, stay away from crowds and sick people and uncooked foods. ...Read more

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Why our body heat up during summer? Especially for patients who had chemotherapy. Pl answer me

Doesn't: Body temp only varies by a few degrees at most. You feel hot in summer because of temperature outside. May be more sensitive to sensations after chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can I go to church/worship during chemotherapy treatments?

Yes.: We generally tell patients to stay out of situations where there are crowds, young children and people you do not know. Of course religious venues contain most of the above. We tell patients to arrive right before the service, sit in the back and leave immediatley after the conclusion. You want to avoid well-wishers. Also wearing a face mask is a good idea - they think twice before coming close! ...Read more

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I am south indian. Why do hair falling occurs during chemotherapy? Hair cells die?

I am south indian. Why do hair falling occurs during chemotherapy? Hair cells die?

Follicle matrix: Chemo affects the hair follicle matrix cells as it does with any other rapidly dividing cells in your body. If the effect is significant enough, the hair will separate from the bulb and fall. Sometimes the hair itself gets thinner and breaks at the base. This is a temporary effect most of the time soon it should grow back. ...Read more

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Should I take any additional precautions whilst having sex during my chemotherapy regime?  

Should I take any additional precautions whilst having sex during my chemotherapy regime?  

Condoms!: Chemo drugs are present in semen and vaginal secretions, so whether you are a man or woman, it's best to use condoms to protect your partner from exposure to chemo. Also, you may be at higher risk of infection and/or bleeding during sex depending on your blood counts, so ask your doctor if it's safe. And you may need to use more lubrication than you once did. Otherwise, go for it! ...Read more

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During Chemotherapy what does low polymorphs (9.1%) and high lymphocytes (65.8%) indicate?

During Chemotherapy what does low polymorphs (9.1%) and high lymphocytes (65.8%) indicate?

That happens often: Chemotherapy temporarily lowers the neutrophil (Polymorphs) counts but it does not affect lymphocyte numbers. So this is the result when the counts are low for about one week (mid cycle) then they recover to their normal proportion (60% Polys) and 25% lymphocytes. Your oncologist or his nurse can also explain this, if you ask them. ...Read more

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Can you use holistic/alternative medicine to support the immune system during chemotherapy?

Can you use holistic/alternative medicine to support the immune system during chemotherapy?

Controversial: This is controversial amongst some oncologists, as they want to be sure chemotherapy has the best possible chance to work. For instance, some are concerned that antioxidant vitamins can compromise the oxidizing effects of chemotherapy on the cancer. Some cancer centers are integrating naturopathic and/or holistic physicians on staff, who can help the patient without harming the treatment. ...Read more

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Cancer and hair coloring: Can I have my hair colored between chemotherapy sessions (I was told that I would probably not loose my hair during chemo)?

Yes, no problem: Hair care can continue as you normal do. Chemo will not come in the way, other than the fact, some chemo drugs will make you lose your hair over 1-2 months. ...Read more

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What type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy?

Cancer cells: Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells, which is does quite well. There is some effect on normal cells (blood cells) yet it is much less than to cancer cells and it is temporary effect on blood cells which recover in 3-4 weeks time. They are back to normal. ...Read more

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Which chemicals are used during chemotherapy to treat non-cancerous diseases?

Supportive care Meds: Patients receiving chemotherapy do have other issues such as nausea/Vomiting and disease related symptoms which may include pain. The symptom control is an important part of pateint care. This requires other chemicals (medicines) such as anti-nausea medication, using one or more drugs including Dexamethasone a commonly used steroid (for a few days). Most patients need a second anti-nausea medicatio ...Read more

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How to increase WBC count during chemotherapy?

Following: Myelosuppressive chemotherapy, the bone marrow will be compromised in its ability to make neutrophils (a type of WBC that protects against bacterial infections). Since a neutrophil only lasts 24hrs after it's made, you quickly run out if you aren't making them efficiently. To facilitate recovery after chemo, we use a gcsf, which stimulates neutrophil production to mitigate infection risk. ...Read more

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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Fast growing ones!: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy affect the most rapidly-growing cells, which are usually the cancer cells! But they also affect other fast growing cells including hair follicles, the cells lining your stomach and intestines, and your white blood cells. That explains the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Fast growing cells: Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy killl cells which are proliferating faster like the cells in our skin, hair, GI tract, gonads and blood cells. Most of these effects are short lived and the body is capable of recovering back to normal within a matter of 2-3 weeks after stopping these treatments. ...Read more

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Severe appetite loss during chemotherapy and therefore weight loss. 1 stonne lost in 6 weeks. What can be taken to increase appetite or put on weight?

Medical Marijuana: Discuss this w/ your oncologist. It is a common side effect and they'll have possible remedies for your specific chemo that will be safe for you. It's a reason we are seeing more States allow pot for this purpose. It often works very well. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Do you always lose your eye brows during chemotherapy?

Do you always lose your eye brows during chemotherapy?

No: Chemo, depending upon the type, can cause hair roots to stop functioning for a while and lead to loss of hair. The lashes a brows are more resistant to this but they can also lose them. It depends upon the type of chemo and the resistance of your body. Fortunately most of this recovers as the chemo course is stopped. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

Multiple: Esophageal and gastric (stomach) irritation and slough of sensitive surfaces
. The drugs are effective but can be harsh to other systems. ...Read more