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What are the advantages of immunotherapy over chemotherapy?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Immunotherapy (Definition)

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


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How are chemotherapy and immunotherapy different?

How are chemotherapy and immunotherapy different?

See below: Chemotherapy involves drugs that are cytotoxic i.E destroy rapidly dividing cells (cancer cells); they are non-specific and not targeting any particular cancer biomarker. Immunotherapies on the other hand are of 2 types- 1] antibodies targeting certain biomarkers in cancer cells 2] treatments to boost patients immune response against the tumor. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of palliative chemotherapy?

What are the proven advantages of palliative chemotherapy?

Symptom control: Improve symptoms, trying to prevent cancer related complications, trying to prolong survival. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of intrathecal chemotherapy?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of intrathecal chemotherapy?

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

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What's advantage of inbedded IV under your skin on your chest to get chemotherapy?

What's advantage of inbedded IV under your skin on your chest to get chemotherapy?

Safer and easier: A port attaches to a blood vessel that allows easy and safe blood testing and administration of chemotherapy. Some drugs are particularly harsh on blood vessels, and some regimens require long infusions. If chemotherapy is only going to be for a short time, you have "good" veins, and the treatment is not particularly dangerous to veins in the arms, a port may not be necessary. ...Read more

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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues.The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt! chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects(like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...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