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Esophageal cancer chemotherapy

A: cancer of the Esophagus The esophagus is the part of the digestive system that connects and conducts swallowed food from the throat to the stomach. When cells in this organ grow abnormally they can develop into malignant tumors of which there are two more common types: the squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Esophageal cancer is not common, but it is the 7th most common cause of cancer deaths among men, and less than 20% will survive in 5 years. Most cases are diagnosed while in the advanced stage already, when the cancer cells have metastasized (spread to distant sites) and conventional treatment modalities usually are not successful. More men in their middle and old age are...


Long term GI effects from breast cancer chemotherapy

A: Julie, I''m not aware of any long-term GI problems from chemo.  As you remember, GI disturbances are common while on chemo.  However, if you got better when chemo was over, the problems you are having ten years later are not likely to be caused by your initial treatments.  Of course, I''m not a doctor, and there might be a connection, but I think it is less likely to be a chemo side effect than a new problem.  I hope you soon find an explanation for your symptoms and an appropriate treatment....


chemotherapy or cancer ?which is the real killer?

A: Almost all th cancers are preventable and most of them are manageable at early stages of detection. chemotherapy is a way to suppress the cancer cells which yields in immuno-suppression too and therefore brings some dangers. The real killers are cigarette, fats, alcohol and chemical agents that we eat! The real killer is your body. How your body react to all that stuff raging inside you both chemo and cancer. As long as the body can handle it then no problem. I''ll put this simply... Isn''t it a fact that when you start to age or die, the first thing that happens is you lose hair? Isn''t that a outcome from the chemo process? cancer of course. Chemo should help to...


chemotherapy side effects and long term effects.?

A: I assume you know all the typical side effects such as hair loss (though not all chemo regimes cause hair loss), tiredness, nausea, depression etc- side effects vary from person to person. A few people breeze through it, others find it very difficult. It is three and a half years since I finished chemotherapy, and yes there can be some long term effects. I suffered a certain amount of mental confusion - what is often referred to as ''chemo brain'' ; it affected my short term memory, including my memory for everyday words. Many chemo patients have amusing stories to tell about this; a few weeks after chemo ended I stood in a coffee shop struggling to remember the word for the sort of coffee I wanted - in the end I asked for ''unleaded''. The word decaff just...


What is meant by chemotherapy ?

A: Hi Dear, Introduction The word chemotherapy was once used to mean any medicine used to treat any disease. Even taking an aspirin was described as chemotherapy. Today, chemotherapy, or "chemo" for short, most often means taking medicines, or drugs, to treat cancer. You might take these drugs before or after surgery, with radiation (x-ray) treatment or you might take the medicines alone. cancer chemotherapy is not new. It has been helping people beat cancer since the early 1950s. The chemo drugs your doctor suggests have been tested again and again. Careful research shows they work. Partly because of chemo,...


Non-Small Cell Lung cancer - I had my lower lobe removed from right lung in early october. miricle?

A: 8 Nov 2011 When you are undergoing chemotherapy it is very likely that your taste is altered and your appetite is low. Firstly ask your oncologist for Zofran to combat the nausea and vomiting. Zofran (ondansetron) blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting. Zofran is used to prevent nausea and vomiting that may be caused by surgery or by medicine to treat cancer (chemotherapy or radiation). Whatever you feel like eating add cream or butter to it. Increase your calories as much as possible. Eat sweets, pastry, etc., that have lots of calories, this way even if you eat less of it you are still getting lots of fat. Try milkshakes... make the milkshake then add a bit of cream...


Treatment for bile duct cancer

A: This page is about treating bile duct cancer. There is information about How your doctor decides on treatmentSurgery for bile duct cancerPossible problems after surgeryRadiotherapy for bile duct cancerchemotherapy for bile duct cancerTreatment to relieve symptomsResearch into bile duct cancer How your doctor decides on treatmentThe main treatment for bile duct cancer is surgery. But surgery isnít always possible. Many cancers of the bile duct are diagnosed when they are already advanced. If your surgeon canít remove the tumour you may have radiotherapy, or

How Effective Is chemotherapy for Bladder cancer?

A: The effectiveness of chemotherapy for bladder cancer depends on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer, the type of cancer, and the patient''s general level of health. When patients are diagnosed with bladder cancer, the diagnosis will include the collection of as much information as possible to help patients and their doctors decide on the best treatment option. Patients may want to ask about their prognosis with different approaches to treatment to get a better idea of their available choices. It is difficult to make general statements about the prognosis with various kinds of treatment, because so many factors are involved.


What Are the Pros and Cons of chemotherapy for Prostate cancer?

A: The pros, or advantages, of chemotherapy for prostate cancer have to do with the fact that the chemotherapy does an effective job of destroying tumors and harmful cells in the body. Cons, or disadvantages, of chemotherapy for prostate cancer have to do with the fact that chemotherapy can potentially destroy healthy cells and tissue as well. Thus, as a prostate cancer treatment, chemotherapy is very much a double-edged sword due to the fact that it can be helpful and harmful at the same time. Of note, not so long ago, chemotherapy was not seen as being an effective...

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