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Whats "tumor lysis syndrome"?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: All cells contain

Complex products which are digested into metabolites like uric acid.
When an effective treatment kills an abundance of cells, these are released and need to be purged with saline fluids to avoid excess potassium, uric acid, and othe by-products that could result in kidney failure.

In brief: All cells contain

Complex products which are digested into metabolites like uric acid.
When an effective treatment kills an abundance of cells, these are released and need to be purged with saline fluids to avoid excess potassium, uric acid, and othe by-products that could result in kidney failure.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Most of the stuff in cells (including cancer cells) belong there 4 a reason. When cells r killed off in mass quantities, releasing this "stuff" into the blood stream, it can cause a potentially fatal, emergency condition called "tumor lysis syndrome". Generally seen in blood cancers (leukemia, &c) after starting chemo, the byproducts can cause kidney to shut down & dangerus electrolyte levels.
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