Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy, or simply chemo, is the control or treatment of a disease with the use of chemical agents. It works by slowing or preventing the growth of cancer cells, which which develop and multiply rapidly.

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Can you get pregnant if partner has had testicular caner and chemotherapy?

It is possible, but very unlikely, since chemo causes massive damage to whatever area it's in. It can cut down on sperm count and also make the sperm that does exist more likely to be flawed.

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Is Infliximab considered a chemotherapy?

Infliximab (brand name is Remicade) is not a drug used to treat cancer.

The definition of "chemotherapy" in a basic sense can mean any chemical used to treat any condition. Aspirin could be considered a chemotherapy for a headache.

Traditionally, the word "chemotherapy" is used to discuss drugs used to treat cancer. That line blurs a bit because there are newer medications for cancer that are not in the same classes of typical "cytotoxic" chemotherapies. These new treatments, for example, monoclonal antibodies like rituximab, don't cause the same side effects of older cancer treatments. But they are frequently used in conjunction with traditional chemotherapy and for ease of discussion are frequently called chemotherapy.

The monoclonal antibodies include drugs to treat other conditions, like infliximab to treat Crohns. Some doctors that use these medicines for these other conditions may call them chemotherapy. It is not wrong to do so, but those doctors should be aware that calling a treatment "chemotherapy" may cause a cultural association with harsh cancer treatments.

Remember that language is a dynamic thing and we are often caught trying to carve new words to describe treatments accurately (and not scarily). Technology moves so fast sometimes the language can't keep up, and there aren't committees of people sitting around deciding who gets to use which words for what treatments they give.

Asking questions of your health care providers is the best way to get your exact concerns addressed.

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How can you tell if someone having chemotherapy?

simple just ask them... if they are the type to not say anything and hide it. signs are very obvious. loss of appetite sleeping more then usual.. thinning of the hair or full loss of hair.. could include loss of eyelashes dark circle around eyes.. they will just look more sickly and pale.. if you want to know more i would just look up more information on the internet that's your best bet

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What is effect of chemotherapy on libido?

It pretty much kills it, from what ive been told.

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Can chemotherapy change your fingerprints?

no it cant

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Does chemotherapy hurts?

your mom hurt me last night she wanted to got again after i came in here mouth

My mum had to go throught chemo and she said that it did not hurt abit.

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Can pregnant women be around chemo patients?

Yes she can. Neither cancer or chemotherapy is contagious.

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If a person has intestinal cancer and they can't get their weight up to start chemotherapy what challenges could they face?

Chemo is long and tiring and physically hard on the body. You need to make sure you are in the best possible weight before you start because it is going to take a lot of effort to get through. If not, you will not have enough strength and - to be blunt - you risk dying. During chemo you will be nauseous and will not want to eat. You will be irritable, sleepless and physically weak. Have you spoken to your specialist about diet? If you had part of your intestines removed, food will move through you a lot quicker and therefore your body will not absorb the necessary vitamins and calories. You need to eat a special diet (and avoid some foods!) and eat in a particular manner when you have has this operation. Try eating 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones.

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What state has lowest cancer rate?

Utah has the least, then Hawaii, then Arizona, then Colorado, then New Mexico, then a surprise at number 6- California

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Can Jehovah's Witnesses accept chemotherapy?

Yes there is no bible prohibition that would effect the acceptance of chemotherapy.

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What is chemo brain?

It's an expression used for the rather foggy response of the brain due to the effects of chemotherapy. It wears off after the course is complete.

Thats not True! The Wearing off part) I had treatment a year ago,& I still suffer from it & so do Alot of people

Go look for yourself O the American Cancer Society Wbste! It hangs aroun!

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Can a medical insurance company drop coverage in the middle of chemotherapy treatment for cancer?

No, is there something else going on, like not paying your premiums? Are they cancelling EVERYONE in your state? Did your employer stop paying the premiums?

For more info see www.SteveShorr.com

Did they drop your coverage or were only 30 treatments approved and the doctor "forgot" to ask for additional treatments? Additional treatments can be retro-approved so this shouldn't be a big problem.

Update: (1/18/2010 - Nameless Cynic) Excuse me? Yes, they can and will drop you on any basis that they can dream up. The process is called "recission," and Blue Cross admitted in front of Congress just six months ago that, not only does this occur, but they have no plans of stopping it on their own.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/17/business/fi-rescind17

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Is chemotherapy a good solution for brain cancer?

Yes, chemotherapy can be used as a solution for brain cancer. Moreover, surgery and radiation therapy are also good solutions for brain cancer and are sometimes used in combination.

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Does chemotherapy work?

Certain types and stages of cancer are easily treated with chemotherapy. You must investigate each case individually of what can be reliably done.

Statistics are available on 5, 10, and greater year survival rates with certain forms of cancer, certain stages of cancer, and certain combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Check for the patient selection criteria for inclusion in such trials--some studies will reject patients if the prognosis is too poor-- for example, stage of cancer is to high, and death is too likely, and will make the outcome of therapy look extremely poor.

Some randomized control trials on this are also available.

If a certain "type and stage" of cancer is selected, the survival rates may be around zero, but for others it may be greater than 90%--it all depends on the initial prognosis. Some cancer spreads to other places--this affects the survival rates.

Some critics have indicated that the studies are often funded and conducted by the particular drug companies who produce the given chemotherapeutic agents, and so cannot be taken as fully reliable due to numerous financial conflicts of interest.

Critics have correctly identified that some patients do not survive the treatment and in many studies these deaths are excluded from the statistics because, strictly speaking, the patients did not die of cancer, and nor were they able to complete the full schedule of treatments due to their premature deaths. A published study might therefore state that 197 people were in the study, but this number might exclude 100,000 patients who died of the therapy instead of cancer.

Certain forms of alternative cancer therapies claim to have certain levels of efficacy, but unbiased measures of efficacy (published statistical studies) are unavailable. Because of this, alternative cancer therapies rely heavily upon individual case studies / anecdotal / testimonials that must be found in web videos, or off-shore web sites. Some alternative cancer treatment methods are recommended by word of mouth by friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

Cancer videos are searchable. View them with a grain of salt by considering if the patients are paid for appearing in the videos. Some of these alternative therapy patients state that their situation was otherwise hopeless--they had no choice except alternative therapies because surgeons could not cut out their remaining lungs, heart, vital organs, etc, without killing them.

Some web sites state that the cure for cancer has been known since the 1920s to 1940s, but has been kept from the public for the reasons of population reduction by the Rockefeller foundation. (See National de-industrialized cancer population control cure suppressed 1969 Dr. Richard Day planned parenthood Rockefeller). (See also "the Rick Simpson Story").

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What does the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness mean?

Pink Ribbon

The pink ribbon is now an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. It is worn to show support for those whose lives have been touched by this disease. The more it is worn, the greater the chances that the public will associate it with breast cancer. This concept works in the same way as a coporate logo or tagline.

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What exactly are the worst effects of chemotherapy?

Unfortunately the side effects of chemotherapy can be fairly troublesome. One such side effect is depression of the immune system leaving the patient more vulnerable to infections and sickness. Chemotherapy can also be physically tiring or even exhausting. Some consider this worse than others but chemotherapy can also lead to hair loss.

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Schedule c and c1 in Drugs?

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Can chemotherapy cause death?

Yes, a person can die from chemotherapy. A person can die from many different types of medical treatments. Every type of treatment needs a decision made with the doctor and patient about whether the benefit of the treatment is worth the potential risks and side effects. A doctor should not put a person's life at risk to treat, for example, a wart; however it would be reasonable for a doctor to use a relatively dangerous chemotherapy to treat a dangerous cancer.

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Structural formula of amoxicillin trihydrate?

7-[2-amino-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl) -acetyl]amino-3,3-dimethyl-6-oxo -2-thia-5-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane -4-carboxylic acid

Visit the following Web address for a picture:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Amoxicillin-2D-skeletal.png

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Opiates

What drugs contain opiate?

Opiates are a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics (narcotics). The Opium poppy plant contains several different naturally occurring opiates, primarily morphine and codeine. The plant also has other drugs like thebaine which are used to make other drugs. Thebaine, morphine, and codeine also serve as a "base" compound from which semi-synthetic opioids can be synthesised. Examples of semi-synthetic opioids include hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Norco), oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, OXY-IR, OxyContin), oxymorphone (Opana), hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and diacetylmorphine (Heroin). More recently fully synthetic opioids have been produced. These drugs have no chemical similarity to morphine, codeine, or thebaine. Examples include fentanyl (Actiq and Duragesic transdermal patch), Pethidine also called meperidine (Demerol), tramadol (Ultram, Contramal, Tramal), and dextropropoxyphene (Darvocet and Darvon).

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Can you take Ativan and Valium together?

It is not recommended that you take both of these together. By taking them together it can cause seizures. For a seizure patient you definitely should not take them together. However, If you were to take Ativan or Valium today you would have to wait at least 3 days to take the opposite of the one you took. This is for safe measures to get it out of his/her system. This is usually the reason why Doctors do not prescribe both to you. You have to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids why taking these medications. If you were not prescribed this medication do not take it without first consulting a doctor.

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Does Medicare pay for chemotherapy injections?

Yes. For more info see page 21 http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10116.pdf

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Can you receive disability for chemotherapy?

You can receive dissability benefits for cancer, but not for chemo treatments. Depending on what state you live in you can receive medicaid or medicare and you can receive reimbursement for travel expenses to your chemo treatments.

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Germany and other countries have much more effective and safe methods for treating cancer, although not covered by insurance.

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How does chemotherapy work in healing?

Chemotherapy works in healing by the use of certain chemicals to eliminate cancer cells. Often times it is helpful due to the fact it can eliminate cancer cells discovered far from where the cancer was first located.

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Radioactive form of this element is used in cancer treatment?

cobalt

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