Breast-cancer doctors are at odds over whether some patients should get less chemo—or none at all.
When you first start treatment, it’s kind of fun. Well, maybe fun is the wrong word. It’s... new? The days of chemo are long, but they move a little more quickly at first because there is so much to learn and experience. However, your freshman naivety is quickly overpowered by heavy fatigue, nausea, and other terrible side effects. I felt this shift about a month after chemo, and each week it only got worse.
Two months into chemo, I crashed and burned.
Researchers don't know exactly how the cooling caps work. One theory is that cooling constricts the blood vessels in the scalp, slowing the circulation and thereby reducing the amount of toxins to which hair follicles are exposed.
Or it may be that cold slows the growth of hair follicles, making them less susceptible to damage from chemotherapy, which targets rapidly dividing cells.
Researchers explore leaner approaches aimed at sparing patients tough side effects—and costs.
Cancer immunotherapy comes in several forms. The drugs sparking the most interest are called checkpoint inhibitors. They work by releasing the natural brakes on the immune system, enabling its foot soldiers, called T cells, to attack tumors.
Although this work does indicate that thousands of women can be spared this difficult treatment, it doesn’t mean skipping chemo is the right choice for all early-stage breast cancer patients.
The side effects of chemo are well known and include nausea, vomiting, and hair loss, but preliminary results of a study released over the weekend suggest that patients aren't as worried about these physical consequences as they used to be. Rather, it's the more hidden aspects of chemotherapy that stress them out in their day-to-day lives, like losing sleep or feeling like their illness is a weight on their loved ones.
“Chemotherapy sucks the happiness out of you,” says Sondhe. “They have you on so many drugs and so much is going on, you would think you would be able to find that place and find that humor, but it doesn’t exist.”
An important new medical study finds that chemotherapy does not extend life for end-stage, terminal cancer patients. What's more, those who received chemotherapy treatment near the end of their disease had a worse quality of life than those who didn't.
Today, whether you want to or not, you are coming along for a ride to my chemotherapy session. You’re welcome. You might call this a virtual chemo experience.
It’s not easy for you to feel clear headed in the face of a cancer diagnosis. But asking questions — writing them down before your appointment — can give you helpful information and also give you time to think through your decision.
Chemotherapy is a harrowing experience but it becomes even harder to endure when such potentially lifesaving treatment lies in a hospital hours away from home. However, there is now a solution that brings chemo to the heart of the community.
Chemotherapy is the last chance for many cancer survivors, but researchers in Seattle just made what they call a "completely unexpected" discovery that suggests the go-to cancer treatment is a double-edged sword
A compendium of misrepresentations led to a Facebook rumor claiming a long-dead doctor had recently revealed that chemotherapy doesn't work.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve come across statements like the ones above, often in all caps, quite frequently with more than one exclamation point, on the websites of “natural healers,” purveyors of “alternative medicine.” In fact, if you Google “chemotherapy doesn’t work,” “chemotherapy is poison,” or “chemotherapy kills,” you’ll get thousands upon thousands of hits. In the case of “chemotherapy kills,”
Fortunately, with advanced testing of the tumor, some patients are learning they can avoid chemotherapy as part of their treatment. But for those of us who turn out to be candidates for harsh chemical infusion, the fear of what chemotherapy will do can be overwhelming. We have all heard the horror stories.
Oncotype DX can help women determine their treatment options
On this site, there are over 100 pages that provide only information. There are also about 30 pages that discuss herbs and herbal products that can be used to support different aspects of cancer treatment.
With traditional chemotherapy still the go-to method of treating many cancers, physicians and researchers are trying new ways to ease side effects and make the treatment less toxic.
Cancer drugs help patients, but could they also be endangering caregivers, family members, and the environment?
The surgery had gone pretty well. The chemo up until that point had the predicted side effects. But each new day, each new test and each new treatment carried new dangers. Clearing one hurdle did not mean the next would be lower.
The whole harrowing experience up to that point had in one way or another just been a dizzying progression of numbers and chances and probabilities culminating at that moment – a colorless fluid easing its way into Ruth’s circulation that had a hair’s breadth of a chance killing her.
Chemo brain is a mental cloudiness reported by about 30 percent of cancer patients who receive chemotherapy. Symptoms typically include impairments in attention, concentration, executive function, memory and visuospatial skills.
A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event, and the news—let alone making decisions about how to manage treatment—is already challenging enough. But with a terminal diagnosis, those choices become even more fraught.
“Chemo sucks so bad because it makes your world stop and move in slow motion while everyone buzzes around you because they have to live their lives.
Every patient receiving chemotherapy has a heavy load on their shoulders whether it be for cancer, lupus, scleroderma, MS, PNH, or any other illness.
We are all warriors just trying to win back our bodies.
Confused about chemotherapy? What it does? Learn about the history, definitions, terminology and types of treatments used to remedy various cancers.
I hope my A to Z guide of all things “C” provides some useful tips to get you through treatment and surgery – or at the very least reassures you that you are not alone and that it is all doable.
How chemotherapy saved my body and rearranged my brain.
Chemotherapy is a major tool in the fight against cancer. This site tries to explain the kinds of chemotherapy, what the medicines do, and how they are administered.
When cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, patients have many questions. For the information and support that you will need, start your journey here.
The Cocktails and Chemo Foundation’s mission is to create a support network for the often forgotten caregivers of cancer patients by providing one-of-a-kind care packages.
Welcome to RivkA's online Coffee & Chemo Cafe discussing Life, the Universe, and Me.
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is among the foremost international journals in antimicrobial research. Our readership includes representatives of academia, industry and health services, and includes those who are influential in formulary decisions.
..and other cancer stuff.
New Developments in Cancer Therapeutics
Breast Cancer Treatment...ABRAXANE uses albumin, a human protein, to deliver the chemotherapy. It does not contain chemical solvents, like Cremophor. This eliminates the need for premedication with steroids or antihistamines for hypersensitivity reactions caused by these solvents.
Anti-Cancer Drugs reports both clinical and experimental results related to anti-cancer drugs, and welcomes contributions on anti-cancer drug design, drug delivery, pharmacology, hormonal and biological modalities and chemotherapy evaluation.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy is a major forum exclusively devoted to antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic agents and chemotherapy. It is also a key source for microbiologists, pharmaceutical researchers, biochemists, pharmacologists, clinicians, and other specialists in infectious diseases.
AVASTIN, in combination with intravenous 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy, is indicated for first- or second-line treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum and in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, is indicated for first line treatment of patients with unresectable, locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer.
This easy-to-read guide explains chemotherapy (chemo) at a basic level.
We have information about chemotherapy, chemotherapy side effects, chemotherapy drug and breast cancer chemotherapy.
ERBITUX (Cetuximab), in combination with radiation therapy, is indicated for the treatment of a certain type of locally or regionally advanced head and neck cancer.
FASLODEX is a hormonal treatment for hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women whose breast cancer has recurred or progressed following treatment with an antiestrogen, such as tamoxifen.
Lupron Depot belongs to a class of drugs called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists. It is used to decrease the body's production of specific hormones, natural chemicals that influence the behavior of certain cells.
The section is divided into sections about how the treatment works, how it is given and how to deal with some of the more common side effects.
Chemotherapy and You is written for you - someone who is about to receive or is now receiving chemotherapy for cancer. Your family, friends, and others close to you may also want to read this book. This book is a guide you can refer to throughout your chemotherapy treatment. It includes facts about chemotherapy and its side effects and also highlights ways you can care for yourself before, during, and after treatment.
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TARCEVA monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer after failure of at least one prior chemotherapy regimen.TARCEVA in combination with gemcitabine is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic pancreatic cancer.
XELODA is a chemotherapy that's proven to fight certain types of cancer. XELODA is the first FDA-approved oral chemotherapy for the treatment of both metastatic breast and colorectal cancers.
ZEVALIN, as part of the ZEVALIN therapeutic regimen, is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory low-grade, follicular, or transformed B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), including patients with Rituximab-refractory follicular NHL.