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What Is The Best Way To Prevent Chemo And Radiotherapy Induced Fatigue
Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more
Hi doctors, my mom will undergo chemo and radiotherapy soon. I would like to know what type of food that would make her less fatigue? Thnx
Fresh foods: Will help. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can really help prevent fatigue help her chemo and help balance her and restore her. Food will help and find an acupuncturist near you! it is so worth it and will not interfere with the chemo and radiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My brother is 68yr old with rectal carcinoma, chemo-radiotherapy have been given. What is the best surgical center known for rectal carcinoma resction?
There are many : Patients and physicians hear about the major centers, such as md anderson, john hopkins, mayo clinic. So depending on where you live there is a university or major center close to you. However colon surgery is done by colo-rectal trained surgeons just about anywhere. You can check on their reputation by asking an oncologist for a referral to someone they have worked with for many years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best form of radiotherapy for use in concurrent chemo-radiation for stage 3A localised non-small cell lung cancer? Stereotactic / IMRT / Image guided?
No diff: There is no evidence that the various types yield very different outcomes for most people. The choice may depend on factors such as your body habitus, exact location of the tumor, concurrent illnesses , etc. ...Read more
What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?
Unclear: Unfortunately there is no clear way to prevent chemo-associated neuropathy. Some medications such as steroids, gabapentin/pregabalin, or antidepressants may be helpful. Vitamin supplementation with b-complex or folate may also be helpful. Your oncologist may have recommendations specific to your type of chemotherapy, and all supplements should be discussed before taking to avoid interactions. ...Read more
More info: Need clarification. Are you asking about interleukin-2 (il-2)? There is no standard treatment I am aware of called 2ia. ...Read more
Surgery, radiotherapy and chemo feel too terrible and invasive. Are there plants and preparations that can treat cancer cells?
Yes: Almost all chemotherapy drugs come from plants or animals. Taxol comes from the texas yew tree. The vinca alkaloids are made from the periwinkle plant (catharanthus rosea). The podophyllotoxins are derived from the may apple plant. So we have taken most of our chemos from plants and have studied them well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreatic tumor has not decreased in size after chemo and radiotherapy and is not resectable now. How else can tumor be decreased?
Chemotherapy: Is tumor marker (CA19.9) rising? Any evidence of tumor metastases to other organs now? If the tumor is truly progressed or failed on the previous treatment, a different chemotherapy (available as a salvage treatment for pancreatic cancer) or clinical trial may be considered. Suggest to discuss with your oncologist about your current disease status and options forward. ...Read more
I am wondering what hodgkin's lymphoma treatments are there alternative to mainstream chemo and radiotherapy?
Beware: Alternative treatments for cancer are cropping up all over the place. Cancer patients (and their families) can be extremely vulnerable to being drawn in by promises of healing where the mainstream medical community has been unable to help much. Beware of people who would take advantage of this vulnerability with hefty up-front fees and promises of miracle-like cures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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