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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What is the prognosis of recurrent squamous cell carcinoma?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has been a patient of recurrent local squamous cell carcinoma. In the last one and half years, he has been operated for cystoprostatectomy and urethrectomy with an ileal conduit for urine bypass followed by lymphonodectomy. After all these surgeries, he had a recurrence seven mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed the information and the biopsy report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please understand that this pathological report is incomplete, so it is difficult to advise you the further course of therapy. In fact, further therapy will depend on...  Read Full »

What is the advantage of weekly chemotherapy over full dose chemotherapy?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know about weekly chemotherapy for Peritoneal cancer of 76-year-old lady. Instead of full dose chemotherapy at 21 days interval, weekly chemotherapy is done at a lower dose to have a less side effects. First chemo charged on her caused severe side effects like dysente...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. The investigations conclude the presence of peritoneal cancer which has characteristics like that of ovary cancer. Most patients are diagnosed at stage III or IV and chemotherapy is the prefer...  Read Full »

Is chemotherapy a good treatment option for cancer in elderly?

Query: Hello doctor, My aunt, around 70 years old with a history of asthma, underwent gallbladder surgery two years ago. After the surgery, she was diagnosed with cancer. They consulted a doctor, and he advised chemotherapy as a treatment option. But her family members refused to proceed with the treatment...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and the reports you provided (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Before answering your questions, I would like to point out the inconsistency in the reports, and I would like to get them re-checked. The first abdomen ...  Read Full »

My cousin had colon-rectal cancer and had undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Can he lead a normal life?

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin has colorectal cancer. He has undergone 25 quarters of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, photon radiation, and tablet Capecitabine. In addition, three cycles of chemotherapy with Carboplatin and Etoposide are done. Does he still require surgery, and how good will his recovery be?...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I would suggest surgery is a must for the completion of treatment completion and cancer can be cured. However, the quality of life may sometimes get compromised due to side effects of the treatment, and there are possibil...  Read Full »

Why does lung cancer medicine hamper aneurysm treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend has a brain aneurysm and lung cancer. He is undergoing treatments for both. Now, the medicine for lung cancer is hampering the aneurysm. What to do? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Brain aneurysm can be a different entity or due to the metastasis of lung cancer to the brain. It is a very difficult condition to treat as both diseases have a very grave prognosis. Usually, the treatment of aneurysm is by clipping or coiling, but certain medi...  Read Full »

What can be done to treat my grandfather's recurrent well-differentiated form of throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know how serious is my grandfather's cancer. I do not have a lot of details, and I am away from home. He had throat cancer 15 years back. Now from the past two months, he was having breathing problems and extreme weakness, so the doctors did a tracheotomy to help with it. Now...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Squamous cell carcinoma itself has a better prognosis. It also depends upon the stage of cancer. Given the fact that he has a well-differentiated form of squamous cell carcinoma, his prognosis is relatively fair. It would be very helpful if you can provide more informatio...  Read Full »

Can folic acid supplements be started after completing chemotherapy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have just finished six rounds of chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment. Before starting, I was diagnosed with folate deficiency and prescribed six months of folic acid tablets. However, my oncologist was not happy with me taking it during chemotherapy so I had to stop after one mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The folic acid tablets that you had taken for a month helped to raise your folate levels from 4 to 6. The high level of vitamin B12 can only be explained if you were given a single megadose of vitamin as an intramuscular injection during your chemotherapy. Folate lev...  Read Full »

After my last chemotherapy session for follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, when can I see a dentist?

Query: Hello, doctor, I have recently finished five months of chemotherapy for follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. How long do I need to wait after my last chemotherapy session to visit a dentist? My current medications include Singulair, Zovirax, Dulera, and Lipitor.  Read Full »

Dr. Dinesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is advised to wait at least three to four weeks after chemotherapy for any elective dental treatment. Thank you.  Read Full »

What are the survival rates of clear cell ovarian carcinoma in a 60-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 60-year-old female with recurrent clear cell carcinoma of the ovary. I had surgery to remove it six years ago, without any chemotherapy. I had undergone surgery again recently; however, some cancerous tissue remains. What treatment is recommended, and what are the survival rate...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In recurrence of ovarian cancer, six cycles of chemotherapy, injection of Paclitaxel and Carboplatin every three weeks should be done. After six cycles of chemotherapy, a repeat scan will be done to see the status of the cancer ovary. It is to check how much cancer has ...  Read Full »

What is the etiology for absolute low count neutrophils?

Query: Hello doctor, What does it mean when neutrophils are at an absolute low (1.3)?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Sardar Narayankar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to An absolute low count of neutrophils, which are the body's immune cells can occur post-infection mostly viral, as well as in bone marrow diseases and post-chemotherapy. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

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