Chemotherapy

The cancer treatment that uses drugs that prevent cancer cells from dividing and growing is called chemotherapy. It used before surgery or radiation therapy to shrink the tumor or after surgery to kill cancer cells left behind. The side effects of chemotherapy include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, infertility, loss of appetite, etc.

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Is my mother's breast cancer treatment correct?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 55 years old, is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer T4 M1 (less than 5 mm non-avid in lymph node above lung) Nx, after mastectomy. She is HER2 positive and other two receptors are also positive. We have two different opinions in front of us from the two best onco...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your plight. Your mother seems to be in stage 4 and less likely 3. However, to give the benefit of doubt, I think that people has considered to give chemotherapy followed by response evaluation. If the result is favorable, then they may even opt for surger...  Read Full »

Why do my hands feel numb after cancer treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am finishing the last part of my treatment for breast cancer. About a month ago, I started having numbness and tingling in arms and hands. It wakes me up through the night. I just recently started working in a grocery store, which is very physically demanding. It lands me with endless k...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think you are on Paclitaxel weekly regimen. If yes, then this numb feeling is a side effect of chemotherapy. Please inform if you are taking any other chemotherapy. If it is bothering you in daily life too much, then I suggest Pregabalin. Also, bring it to your onco...  Read Full »

What is the survival rate of stage 4 non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to get a second opinion on my father's treatment for advanced non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma. I want to ensure he is given the best possibility for the longest survival with good quality of life. He started suffering headaches and was also bringing up small specks of bloo...  Read Full »


Dr. Monish De

Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your father is suffering from non-small cell lung carcinoma stage IV. Disease subtype is adenocarcinoma. Since it is stage IV, adenocarcinoma and his age are already 67, I would advise you on EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) and ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinas...  Read Full »

Kindly advise on chemotherapy treatment for my aunt with uterine cancer.

Query: Hello doctor, My aunt has vaginal cancer. She is on chemotherapy for a couple of months. Her first blood test report after the removal surgery says that she is in stage 4. Can you tell me what the indication in her last blood test report is? Also, explain her health condition?  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the blood tests (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Her blood test results are not too bad, except for anemia (low hemoglobin levels). Your aunt needs to take iron tablets (1 tablet once daily). The other report shows your aunt ha...  Read Full »

Do all pleural effusions need pleurodesis?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 52 years old female. 25 days ago, core biopsy of retroperitoneal lymph node non-Hodgkin's mature B cell lymphoma diffusely positive for CD10, CD20, BCL6 and BCL12. Bone marrow biopsy showed erythroid hyperplasia with focal micronormoblastic maturation. She is suffering wi...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you very much for being specific in what you want to ask. For lymphoma associated effusion, we do not suggest pleurodesis (procedure to remove excess fluid in pleural space) as most of the patient responds to chemotherapy. One cycle is a short time to know if the...  Read Full »

Kindly interpret my relative's MRI and guide us.

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my relative. My relative had a seizure attack and fits before a year. We consulted a doctor and started medicine. During the course, the patient reported some slight pain in his head. A week later he started complaining of severe headache with vomiting. So, a CT scan ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The functional MRI and tractography reports are enclosed (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it reads that it is a known case of tumor. However, the tumor in the right parietal lobe, which is the non-dominant part of the brain, can be treated with surgery...  Read Full »

Is chemotherapy advisable in fourth stage duodenal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is having fourth stage (metastatic) duodenal cancer. Doctor did bypass surgery for having food and liquids. Now they told us that chemotherapy is risky and left the decision on us that we will do chemotherapy do or not. Please let me know how risky chemotherapy is.  Read Full »


Dr. Pratik Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am extremely sorry to know what your father is suffering from. It is stage IV cancer. The only means to reduce and control the further spread of cancer is chemotherapy. Every medicine comes with a side effect so it does not mean you should not take it. Chemother...  Read Full »

Is white liver in breast cancer patient a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 33 years old. I am diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and did mastectomy on the left breast, had chemotherapy and radiation. I am now taking Tamoxifen pill. My cancer marker is 11 and all the scans up to now were good all the time. Two weeks ago, I did sonography of abdomen and...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concerns are genuine and reasonable. Well, since I am a gastroenterologist, I can give you some hint to what is that white liver means in your case. However, I may be unable to figure out the cause for that unusual feeling of heart. The white liver means increa...  Read Full »

My mom does not have salivary secretion even after 6 months of chemotherapy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from neck and tongue cancer. Doctor suggested radiation and chemotherapy and we have completed the treatment successfully before six months. But until now, the process of saliva in the mouth is not started yet. Can you prescribe some medicine for it? And we are...  Read Full »


Dr. Vijay Parshuram Raturi

Radiation Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your information, your mother has undergone chemo-radiotherapy for carcinoma tongue with lymph nodes. So while delivering the radiation dose to cancer, the parotid (salivary gland) gland was also exposed to radiation leading to radiation-induced xerostomia (...  Read Full »

How do I confirm if I have colon or rectal cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old female. My weight is 95 kg. My symptoms are blood in stools and stomach bloating. Initially, we suspected piles. But, the doctor said it may be colon or rectal cancer. Colonoscopy, blood tests and CT scan are done and I have attached the reports for your reference. I w...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhavin Bhupendra Vasavada

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is quite serious. I would like to wait for biopsy results, but looks like anorectal cancer. But, luckily it is well within a curative stage. You can have either direct surgery or chemotherapy followed by surgery. Chance of recurrence of the tumor is relatively low i...  Read Full »

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