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What are the most common problems from chemotherapy?

What are the most common problems from chemotherapy?

Anemia/nausea/vomit: Most chemotherapeutic agents target rapidly dividing cells, thus bone marrow can be affected causing anemia which can cause weakness, lethargy & fatigue. Can affect lining of GI tract and cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & blood in stool. Can cause skin eruptions & blood in urine/hemorrhagic cystitis. Secondary effects can be clinical depression. Ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Does chemotherapy cause other health problems?

Does chemotherapy cause other health problems?

Possible: Some chemotherapy such as taxanes and vincristine can cause neuropathy (nerve damage) others such as the vinca alkaloids can cause constipation. Gemzar (gemcitabine) can cause diarrhea. Cisplatin can cause hearing loss and neuropathy and kidney damage. Some of these effects are short and some long term complications. There are many other drugs which are used. Speak with you oncologist regarding more specifics. ...Read more

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What are common chemicals used in chemotherapy?

Lots of them!: cancer chemotherapy has a very large number of chemicals/drugs that are used...at least over 100 are commonly used drugs at present, many older ones have been discarded as better ones came along. Why do you ask this question? ...Read more

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Please describe the most common way to get chemotherapy done?

Please describe the most common way to get chemotherapy done?

Go see an Oncologist: Chemotherapy is commonly given as IV infusion but there are increasing numbe rof new medicines which come in the form of pills or capsules which can be taken by mouth. ...Read more

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What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

DEPENDS: It all depends on the chemotherapy drug. Each has its own side effect profile and it does not mean that the person who receives it will experience the side effects associated with it. We all hear nausea, vomiting, tiredness and hair loss but again best thing is to talk to your treating oncologist and/or nurse. ...Read more

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Most common side effects of chemotherapy an long term affects?

Oncology: I am sorry but you cannot possibly expect a valid or complete answer to this very broad and ambiguous question. There are thousands of cancers and numerous kinds of treatment for each one. This forum allows us to answer a question in four hundred or less characters. Your question has to be specific and simple enough. I think you may need to seek a different forum to answer your question today. ...Read more

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Would it be a problem to refuse chemotherapy for testicular cancer?

Would it be a problem to refuse chemotherapy for testicular cancer?

Personal choice: A competent adult is free to choose or refuse any treatment. Given that the chance of cure for testicular cancer is high, it would not be a rational decision in the eyes of medical professionals. ...Read more

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What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

Many diff regimens: There are many different regimens utilizing multiple drugs and ranging 3-6 months. Common drugs are anthracyclines, taxanes, and Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) in various combinations - acx4, tcx4(or 6), tac x 6, acx4 ->tx4, dose dense ac->t, weekly taxol. Other options/drugs can also be considered in the metastatic setting. A patient should seek a medical oncologist experience in breast to rec the best regimen. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy make me infertile or cause me problems fathering a child?

Will chemotherapy make me infertile or cause me problems fathering a child?

Yes: Chemotherapy can be even more damaging when patients are at the later part of their reproductive years. Ask your oncologist for a referral to a fertility specialist who can offer treatments such as egg and/or embryo preservation before you begin chemotherapy. ...Read more

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