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What is a port for chemo?

What is a port for chemo?

"ports" are: Accessible devices under the skin that allow puncture and direct line to the venous system. It prevents multiple sticks and extravasation of caustic chemo outside veins. When chemo is completed, it should be removed. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Etoposide IV was given to my partner with carboplatin as a curative treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Was this a standard treatment for this?

Etoposide IV was given to my partner with carboplatin as a curative treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Was this a standard treatment for this?

Setting?: When you say "curative", you mean after surgery or concurrently with radiation? The choice of chemo depends on the situation, the doctor, and institutional or national standards. To answer your question, i normally would use carbo (or cisplatin)/etoposide in small cell lung cancer patients but can't say is a bad choice for nslc patients, especially with radiation. I've used it in that setting. ...Read more

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If the breast tumor is shrinking with chemotherapy is there a need for surgery?

If the breast tumor is shrinking with chemotherapy is there a need for surgery?

Yes-absolutely: Congratulations for responding to chemotherapy! this will make it easier for your surgeon to get clear margins. It is important to get the entire tumor removed. If not, once the chemo is stopped the tumor may grow back and become more aggressive (i.e. Spread to other parts of body). For the best outcome (i.e. Avoid death), please adhere to the treatment by your breast cancer team. ...Read more

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What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

Several types: • Several approaches are used for lung bx to obtain enough tissue for histologic exam. The simplest is the Needle biopsy. With local anesthesia a needle is guided through the chest wall into a suspicious area CT or CAT scan or fluoroscopy. A transbronchial biopsy is performed through a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a Thoracoscopic biopsy is used with general anesthesia and also allows bx. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

3 modalities: There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery ( if localized and if possible to be done) . A radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatment of cancer can use only one modality or could require combination of 2 or all of the above- depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the goal of therapy and overall condition of the patient. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a neuroblastoma?

What is the treatment for a  neuroblastoma?

Variable: Treatment consists of surgery to diagnose and treat it and usually chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a breast abscess?

What is the treatment for a breast abscess?

Antibiotics & drain: Treat the infection with antibiotics and perform surgical incision procedure to drain out the infection if it is large enough. ...Read more

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What is a radiation ablation?

What is a radiation ablation?

Radiofreqency ablatn: This is a now-common way of destroying a small amount of tissue such as a faulty electric link in the heart, nerves from a source of intractable pain, or little tumors. Interventional radiologists have done amazing things in developing this technique. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for small bowel lymphoma?

What is the best treatment for small bowel lymphoma?

Chemotherapy: Lymphoma is a chemosensitive disease. Chemotherapy combined with targetted therapy would be the recommended treatment. I recommend you to discuss with your oncologist for detail information about what type of chemotherapy regimen, schedule etc. ...Read more

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What is the usual treatment for a meningioma?

What is the usual treatment for a meningioma?

Depends: You should be seen by a neurosurgeon, especially if you have any symptoms associated with it. Observation with close imaging follow-up may be approprate in select cases if asymptomatic. The usual treatment for the symptomatic meningioma include surgical resection, transarterial embolization and radiation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for another type of tumor to grow while i'm having chemo and radiation for oligoastrocytoma?

Is it possible for another type of tumor to grow while i'm having chemo and radiation for oligoastrocytoma?

Yes but unlikely: It is very unlikely you would develop another type of tumor, but possible. If there is a new tumor in the same area, it's more likely the same type of tumor (oligoastrocytoma). Sometimes radiation and chemo causes changes on MRI that look like tumor growth but are not. ...Read more

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Can an infusion port remain implanted for years when there is a diagnosis of cancer?

Can an infusion port remain implanted for years when there is a diagnosis of cancer?

Yes: Port whichis buried subcutaneously can remain for many yers. If there is a possibility that with Ca the port may need to be used again, it can be flushed periodically with heparin. This way the port is always available for use and should only be removed if there is no possibility it will be needed in the future. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

Be informed: For transfusion the main preparation is to have the right information from your doctor and sign a consent for any adverse reaction that may happen during or after the procedure. Usually transfusion is needed when the patient clinical symptoms and laboratory findings show a deficiency in a blood component that must be corrected urgently. Then the appropriate product and dose is transfused. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a strawberry birthmark?

What is the treatment for a strawberry birthmark?

Watch and wait: Most "strawberry" hemangiomas need no treatment. They often enlarge over the first 6 to 9 months; then stabilize; then slowly resolve and disappear by age 3 to 5. Fast-growing ones in a vital area, such as the eyelid, nose or throat, should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Sometimes these are treated with steroids or laser, or another medication. ...Read more

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What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

"Days": Most women who undergo a lumpectomy may return to work in 2-3 days and be back to normal activities in a week (provided that was the only operation performed). The true "expert" to answer this question would be your surgeon since they may be aware of some nuances about you or your operation that may affect your recovery. Good luck! ...Read more

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If a patient is a very likely candidate for cancer what could he gain from speculative chemo therapy before an actual cancer is detectable?

If a patient is a very likely candidate for cancer what could he gain from speculative chemo therapy before an actual cancer is detectable?

Nothing: Each cancer is treated individually depending on the characteristics of the cancer. Not all of even the same cancer is treated alike. We do not do prophylactic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

About an inch: For a single level laminectomy, the incision will be about 1 inch. For each additional level, add about an inch. It may be a little bigger or smaller, but this is a pretty good estimation. ...Read more

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My 75 old mother is fighting GBM but not responding to the traditional chemo radiation treatment. three tumors and not a candidate for a surgery, rec?

Sorry: Sorry that your mother has glioblastoma multiforme and is not responding to treatment.Your main goal should be,as I am sure it is, to keep your mother as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

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I am about to have a radical prostatectomy. What is the criteria for follow-up radiation therapy?

I am about to have a radical prostatectomy. What is the criteria for follow-up radiation therapy?

Latest update: There are two very recent clinical studies which showed high risk patients, that is patients with positive margins, seminal vesicles involvement and cancer spreading beyond the capsule, will get benefits from early adjuvant radiation after surgery rather than waiting until psa goes up. They have a better chance of controlling and surviving the prostate cancer if they receive early radiation. ...Read more

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