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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
??: Not sure i get your question. You may want to clarify. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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