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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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 »

Is autologous stem cell transmission a good option for Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had 8 cycles of ABVD, which did not remove the tumor and the tumor started growing back after 4 cycles. Then, I went for salvage therapy and that also did not give a good response. Now, the doctor advised to do the autologous stem cell ...  Read Full »


Dr. Eriol Braholli

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, General Surgeon, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First line therapy of Hodgkin's lymphoma is chemotherapy. ABVD is the most common scheme (Adriamycin, Bleomycin, Vinblastine and Dacarbazine). Second line chemotherapy and radiation may be used if the first therapy fails. As you said in your query that has not had the ex...  Read Full »

How to treat diarrhea following radiation therapy and chemotherapy?

Query: Hi doctor, I just finished with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Now, I feel bloated and nauseated. Also, I am having bad diarrhea. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Satya Narayan

Radiation Oncologist

Answer: Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all no need to worry. As you have received chemotherapy (Cisplatin) as concurrent therapy, which is the main cause of gastrointestinal tract symptoms. I suggest tablet Ondansetron 8 mg thrice daily and also Pantoprazole 40 mg once daily. If only diarrhea witho...  Read Full »

Please suggest how to proceed with the blood cancer treatment for my 8-year-old son.

Query: Hello sir... My son is 8and half years old.. from his birth he has cold cough problem that we took cbc in that it came normal but wbc use to have 22300 from birth till 3 months back, and after that he s unable to walk and got severe fever and cold and shiverish and he cant able to walk and i consult...  Read Full »


Dr. Durairaj Arjunan

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Dear, Your son may have leukemia and there are so many types of lukemia. Just with CBC leukemia cannot be confirmed. And there are multiple tests that has to be done. Fluid tests may not show positive results in a single test. It may be repeated. They must have done flow cytometry and thta will...  Read Full »

Is the tumor detected in my dad's MRI cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 56 years old and healthy. Since last few months, he is suffering from sudden chewing like action and unconsciousness or seizure like situation. This situation remains the same for some time. During the MRI test, our doctor informed about the tumor. We are very much worried. I...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and I would like you to know that I am here to help you. The reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) denote that there are two problems. Reduced blood supply to brain and a small tumor (brain cancer). As per...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for an ALK-positive patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother was diagnosed to have ALK positive before two years. He had brain and bone metastasis. He got a brain surgery, WBR and spine radiation. He was on Crizotinib for 10 months and after brain and bone metastasis progression he was on Ceritinib for 5 months. In the latest scan, the d...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your plight. There are a few options more at this time if general condition is good. From the details it appears that chemotherapy is not exhausted yet and it can be utilized now. If only targeted agents are to be discussed, then Alectinib can be offered. ...  Read Full »

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