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What Are The Advantages Of Immunotherapy Over Chemotherapy
None: We all wish that we could learn how to manipulate the immune system to battle cancer without chemotherapy but this has been an empty promise so far. There is a lot of ongoing research in immunotherapy but to date they don't compare at all with chemotherapy. Some cancers may be more amenable to immunotherapy and there have been some promising results, but we are still a long way away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Encompasses subcutaneous, patch or sublingual treatment with increasing amounts of specific allergen. Used for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hymenoptera hypersensitivity (and in ongoing trials for food allergy). Specific IgE-mediated disease must be proven. Indications are lack of symptom control despite medication/avoidance, reduce risk of anaphylaxis, or ...Read more
CA along meninges: Intrathecal chemotherapy is chemo delivered into the spinal fluid. Commonly, this is done via a device called an Ommaya reservoir, an injection port placed under the scalp and connected to spinal fluid within the brain. Intrathecal chemo is usually the best way to treat cancer which is in the spinal fluid, along the meninges. Depending on tumor type, it can be quite effective. ...Read more
Immune system: Transplants from other people will invariably trigger rejection reaction on the part of the recipient due to difference in the antigen make up between the donor and the recipient. Artificial joints are made out of metal and contain no protein and hence no antigen stimulation will occur. This doesn't necessitate life long immunosuppression as in transplant surgeries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Melanoma is almost always treated with surgery first; the amount of surgery depends on the clark level (how deep it is), which is measured in millimeter fractions. A sentinel lymph node (first lymph node to respond) is sometimes removed; chemotherapy and targeted molecular therapies are used in certain circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemotherapy: Whether primary or metastatic, liver lesions treated by an array of approaches. If a lesion is single then surgery can be used by performing partial hepatic resection. Up to 3 lesions are frequently resected. when multiple the microwave ablation used in lesions under 5 cm. Otherwise chemoembolization employed catheterizing the hepatic artery branch to tumor and using chemo or isotope infusion. ...Read more
Old vs new technolog: The whole cell pertussis,an early vaccine,was basically dead germs that were broken into pieces and given. This gave great protection, but almost all infants had high fevers by the 2nd or 3rd dose, and it could never be giver after age 6. Today's pertussis is a synthetic replica of part of the germ. Its "clean" origin produces almost no side effects and the vaccine can be given at any age ...Read more
Depends: The chance of chemotherapy working depends on a number of factors including -- tumor type, stage, prognostic factors as well as host (patient) characteristics such as age, genetics, etc. Those same factors including chemotherapy type, dose, frequency, duration effect the type of side effects that might be experienced. ...Read more
Minimally invasive: Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery. Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) is recommended. The majority is treated minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted surgery with advantage of faster recovery and decrease pain compare with open surgery. Cancer spread from kidney may be treated with chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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This not a true chem: It is a form of somatostatin, which is used to treat symptoms from carcinoid syndrome such as severe diarrhea, itch severe flushing. It has many other uses outside of oncology. It also is used for scaning for spread of carcinoid and other tumors associated with a neuroendocrine function it can affect the thyroid, glucose control, heart rate as side effects. ...Read more
Body lice: Three types of lice can infect humans. Head lice live on the scalp and hair, and infect mostly children. Pubic lice, live on the pubic hairs, and are sexually transmitted. Body lice, live in the clothing, and are almost always in homeless people, with poor hygiene, who never bathe or wash their clothing. All the lice bite and cause itching and sores. All lice can be treated by a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite a few: 1. Velcade (bortezomib) can affect nerves. It mainly manifests as numbness an pain in hands and feet. Risk increased with prolonged use and when using the drug twice a week. Risk can be decreased by using it subcutaneously ( instead of in a vein) and using it once a week. 2. Many patients report diarrhea on velcade (bortezomib). 3. Velcade (bortezomib) can cause blood counts to go down. ...Read more
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