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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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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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What are the most common symptoms of liver problems?

What are the most common symptoms of liver problems?

None.: Most liver problems are evident with lab or imaging studies long before symptoms are present. The liver has lots of extra capacity. When it gives symptoms you are already in a world of trouble....... If you do get symptoms it might be right upper quadrant pain or fullness, vomiting, jaundice, fatigue, white stools or very dark urine, generalized itching, generalized swelling. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of thyroid problems?

What are the most common causes of thyroid problems?

AUTOIMMUNITY/IODINE&: The most common causes of Thyroid Problems are Iodine Deficiency which causes Goiter and Hypothyroiism Autoimmunity may cause Hypothyroidism like in Graves Disease causing Hyperthyroidism and Hashimoto Disease cauing Hypothyroidism Cancer of Thyroid ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of scid?

What are the most common complications of scid?

Not easy to describe: Symptoms of scid may include a sudden and recurring diarrhea, chronic ear infections, upper respiratory infections and more than one case of pneumonia in a relatively short period of time. Often, children who suffer from a complication of severe combined immunodeficiency will experience sudden weight loss, especially when the immune deficiency is not realized early. ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of obesity?

What are the most common complications of obesity?

Oodles, poor health: Obesity is associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility, premature birth, colon polyps, hiatal hernia, diverticulosis, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, immobility, restrictive lung disease, cardiac disease, gout, stroke, uterine fibroids, breast cysts, tumors, cancer, prostate cancer, depression, low esteem, skin rashes, premature death, multiple meds, surgery, etc. ...Read more

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What are the most common problems after hysterectomy?

What are the most common problems after hysterectomy?

Fatigue: Most women will experience fatigue, minor bowel changes, vaginal discharge, pelvic discomfort, and incisional pain. Less common but significant problems include infections in the bladder, the pelvis, or the incisions. Rare but serious problems like injury to the bladder or the bowel could cause severe abdominal pains, constipation or diarrhea, or fever about a week post-op. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

Pain and swelling: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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What are the most common types of cancer usually?

What are the most common types of cancer usually?

DEPENDS ON GENDER: The top 3 cancers in men in the us are: prostate, lung and colon. For women: breast, lung and colon. ...Read more

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What are the most common bursitis problems? 

What are the most common bursitis problems? 

Several.: Bursitis of the trochanteric bursa (side of the hip), and subacromial bursitis (shoulder) are among the mowst common rheumatology problems seen. They can arise from arthritis, or simply exist by themselves. A cortisone injection, if bursitis exists, almost always gives quick and good relief! ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of actinomycosis?

What are the most common causes of actinomycosis?

See below: Actinomycosis is a slowly progressive bacterial infection most commonly caused by actinomyces israelii. These bacteria normally colonize the mouth, colon, and vagina and disruption of mucosa may lead to infection. Most common location is around the jaw followed by the lungs. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cancer?

What are the most common symptoms of cancer?

Location, location: Location. Symptoms resulting from a growing tumor depend on the location of the tumor. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of back trauma?

What are the most common symptoms of back trauma?

Pain,malfunction: Back trauma can cause focal pain and tenderness when mild, cause more severe pain and dysfunction if tendons and muscle are ripped or contused, and lead to nerve damage at more distant sites if the bone is fractured or a disc displaced or ruptured. See your orthopedic surgeon or physiatrist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of agoraphobia?

Fear of panic attack: Experts are not completely sure what the exact causes of agoraphobia are. Most believe that they are a result of physical and/or psychological factors. People with agoraphobia often fear having a panic attack in public and not being able to get to safety. Fear of embarassment is often a factor in agoraphobia, leading to staying home rather then out and about. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of sarcoma?

What are the most common symptoms of sarcoma?

Mass, sometimes pain: The most common finding is an enlarging mass. It is often non-tender but can be painful. But often there are really no symptoms other that the mass itself, . ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of birth injury?

What are the most common causes of birth injury?

LGA babies: Large for gestational age infants are at higeher risk for birth injury, the most common is clavicular fx, which is generally dxed and treated with good results. Related type of injury brachial palsy may not have good prognosis, specially if the brachial nerve has sustained severe injury. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of lymphoma?

What are the most common symptoms of lymphoma?

Very variable: Early localized lymphoma may have no symptoms. Typically enlarged lymph nodes will cause local symptoms such as pain, lump, mass effect and when advanced symptoms can include fevers, drenching night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, low blood counts, low immunity. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of steatorrhea?

What are the most common causes of steatorrhea?

Steatrrhea: The following l conditions are some of the possible causes of steatorrhea. Fat malabsorption disorder Chronic pancreatitis Small bowel disorder Celiac disease Congenital insufficiency of pancreatic lipase HIV infection Sprue Cystic fibrosis Lactose intolerance Malabsorption of fats in sm ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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?

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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Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Can happen: Autonomic neuropathies do occur with some chemotherapy treatments, but is less common than the sensory or sensorimotor neuropathies. The prognosis is dependent on the level of change, intensity of chemotherapy, and whether modifications of the chemotherapy were given as well as if treatment was initiated. See your oncologist and discuss the issue. ...Read more

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I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

Lips and skin: Pharmacists are, in my opinion, the best folks to help you select the best 'over the counter" creams for your lips and something else for your skin. If you decide to go that route please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

It is possible: There have been studies to show that things such as the ability to multitask can be impaired by chemotherapy. There are other issues with hormonal blocking medicines in some patients as well. ...Read more

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Is appetite loss a problem in chemotherapy ? My dad has irinotecan and does not feel like eating so losing weight ? Or is this cancer symptom .

Is appetite loss a problem in chemotherapy ? My dad has irinotecan and does not feel like eating so losing weight
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Could be either: lack of appetite is a common side effect of chemo, and a common problem in active cancer. When related to chemo, it could get better 7-10 days after chemo. Ask your oncologist about appetite stimulants such as megestrol, Marinol or Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride). ...Read more

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My father had cancer at og junction & he had surgery also.Now he is taking chemotherapy.But while drinking water he spit out lot of cold.Problem?Help

My father had cancer at og junction & he had surgery also.Now he is taking chemotherapy.But while drinking water he spit out lot of cold.Problem?Help

Not sure.: I am not sure exactly what you are asking, but... Cancer of the esophagus/stomach junction, after treatment with radiation/chemo/surgery can have symptoms of regurgitation or vomiting back up food or water. This could be due to esophageal narrowing or stricture or recurrence. This should be evaluated by the GI physician or esophageal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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A friend was told to freeze her ovaries or ovarian tissue before her chemotherapy (for breast cancer), is this a common practice or still experimental?

A friend was told to freeze her ovaries or ovarian tissue before her chemotherapy (for breast cancer), is this a common practice or still experimental?

Great option: This is a great option for women interested in having children. Your oncologist should send you to a infertility specialist who can work with your oncology team. Care can be coordinated so that treatment can begin while eggs are harvested. ...Read more

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Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight?

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Some people gain wt: The treatment itself does not cause weight gain. But there are changes in taste that may make you eat more especailly after the chemotherapy has been completed and stopped. So watch that you eat no more than normal. Then there is little risk of weight gain. ...Read more

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Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight?

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Very common: I inform my patients that most women and men will gain weight with chemotherapy for breast cancer. Also it is common to gain weight while on anti-hormone therapy, such as tamoxifen. Hope this helps. ...Read more