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What is the best way to prevent chemo and radiotherapy induced fatigue?

What is the best way to prevent chemo and radiotherapy induced fatigue?

Exercise: In general, the best way to reduce the amount fatigue that occurs with chemotherapy or radiation (and maybe prevent it) is to stay active. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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My brother is 68yr old with rectal carcinoma, chemo-radiotherapy have been given. What is the best surgical center known for rectal carcinoma resction?

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 more

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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

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What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

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 (folic acid) 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

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How frequently would chemotherapy and radiotherapy be given together?

How frequently would chemotherapy and radiotherapy be given together?

Occasionally: When the benefits justify the increased toxicity of both given together. Some examples include stage 3 non small cell lung cancer, limited stage small cell lung cancer, locally advanced head and neck cancer, stage 3 rectal cancer, and glioblastoma (brain cancer). There are other situations when the treating doc may feel that the benefit outweights toxicity and do the combo. ...Read more

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How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

Depends: Depends on the cancer. For some cancers, the treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy will prolong survival and quality of life with possible remissions and cures. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

It depends: For larger primary tumors and disease that spreads to the neck you might need dual modality treatment. This means surgery + radiation or radiation + chemotherapy. You will need to have a detailed discussion with your ENT and your oncologist in order to reach an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each treatment option, and they will help you w/ your decision. ...Read more

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Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?

Apples & oranges: Some side effects are similar (like fatigue) some others very different. Depends a lot on the type and intensity of the chemo as well as the intensity and target area of the radiation mixed with the general health of the patient. It is not proper to generalize and say chemo is easier than radiation or radiation easier than chemo. I've seen people do well or get very sick with either. ...Read more

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