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What is benefit of chemo therapy when it pretty much never ever cures a cancer in adults?

A better question... A better question is, "What is the benefit compared to the risks?" That's because everything in life has risks as well as benefits. Thus, it is how one lives life, and NOT how long one lives, that matters. There is benefit of chemo if chemo improves how one lives. One can say there is no benefit if chemo does not improve how one lives. That's wiser than counting how many days chemo might add. Read more...

Has anyone with liver cancer ever been cured with chemo therapy?

Probably not. Liver cancer is best treated with surgery, if caught early. Once it is inoperable, the treatments are mostly palliative and rarely curative. Unfortunately no chemotherapy drug has shown activity against Liver Cancer. So we have started exploring targeted therapies which, including Sorafenib, have provided modest degree of benefit and some increase in overall survival. Read more...

What is chemo therapy used for besides treating cancer?

Immune suppression. The same drugs are used to treat some autoimmune disorders, like SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and treatment of organ rejection after transplants. Read more...

What to do if I have multi. Myealoma cancer am advised to take chemo therapy?

You have 3... ...choices, my friend: you can follow your doctor's advise and take the medicine, you can choose to do nothing, or you can consider a second opinion. It is your God given right to select one of the 3 but know that with each choice there are consequences. I believe that if a patient has doubts, a second opinion never hurts and I encourage my patients to do so if they feel they need it. . Read more...

Can a person who has forth stage cancer and taking oral chemo therapy get massage therapy?

I would encourage it. Neither one's cancer stage nor chemotherapy use should prevent one from having a massage. Of course, be sure and communicate to the massage therapist any areas that they should be cautious about. Read more...
Massage Therapy. Certain types of massage therapy works well for cancer pain. I would not recommend deep tissue massage, especially with the increased incidence of osteoporosis in cancer patients and the risk of pathologic fractures in advanced cancer patients. Effluerage and craniosacral massage therapy are effective and safe modalities for cancer pain. Read more...

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...
Insightful question. But the answer is no, chemo is not given in a preventative fashion. However, some drugs can be used to reduce the risk of certain cancers (chemoprevention) such as Aspirin for colon cancer or tamoxifen for breast cancer. These are not chemotherapy drugs in the strict sense of the word. Read more...

What is the basic mechanism of chemotherapy for cancer therapy?

While there are . Many classes, the basic answer is interference with cell reproduction and division. Modern ages attack very sophisticated pathways, interfere ith blood vessel production, interfering with dna repair and causing dna damage is the major basic mechanism for most alkylators anti-metabolites and radiotherapy. Read more...