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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A 64-year-old male had chemotherapy four weeks back. Can anesthesia be dangerous for him?

Query: Hello doctor, The patient is a 64-year-old male who had chemotherapy four weeks and three days ago. He also has diabetes. He has been advised to get the surgery immediately. We have been told that anesthesia could be dangerous for him. I will attach the prescribed medicines he has been taking for ch...  Read Full »


Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. We have to evaluate the patient regarding his overall clinical status. If it is emergency surgery, we have to weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery. So, in this case, I need more information about the patien...  Read Full »

My father has been diagnosed with IHCC and has a history of hepatitis B. Can he be treated with chemotherapy?

Query: Hello doctor, My father has been detected with cancer of the liver. We have done MRI, CT, and biopsy. He has had a history of hepatitis B for ten years. There are two tumors in his liver, one more than 5 cm. Due to the tumor size and chronic condition, doctors have ruled out surgery or radiofrequenc...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. From your description of chronic liver disease due to hepatitis B and liver lesions, the possibility of hepatocellular carcinoma is high but based on the histopathology report (attachments removed to protect the pat...  Read Full »

Why is there numbness in left side of chin in a metastasizing breast cancer patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61-year-old with breast cancer metastasizing to the liver, nodes, and bones. I am currently on Abraxane and Herceptin. I was diagnosed 19 years back and had 15 years of no cancer. Metastasis to a few nodes was noted four years back. I have been on Taxol, Taxatore and now Abraxan...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have been living with this cancer for a long time and have a lot of information about it. This numbness on your chin can be a side effect of your chemotherapy but without MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain very difficult to say you do not have any brai...  Read Full »

Will breast cancer need chemotherapy even after the complete excision of the lump?

Query: Hi doctor, I felt the lump seven months back but did the test four months ago and had the surgery three months ago. I have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and had an excisional biopsy procedure where the tumor, safety margin, and three lymph nodes have been dissected. My doctor told m...  Read Full »


Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Being an oncologist involved in the care of breast cancer patients, I can understand your concerns. Based on the query, I can gather few things: 1) You are 29, w...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

CA-125 test value is 13.32 U/ml after tumor removal. Is chemotherapy required?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has undergone tumor removal surgery along with uterus and ovary removal a week back. CA-125 test value is 13.32 U/ml. The doctor has advised to undergo 4 to 6 sessions of chemotherapy based on the biopsy report and below impression: Sex cord- stromal tumor– granulosa ce...  Read Full »


Dr. Jatin Bhatia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I have a couple of questions. First and foremost, any other blood tests done, called as tumor markers, similar to CA 125, like AFP, bHCG, inhibin, estrogen? Based on the details provided,...  Read Full »

Is chemotherapy safe at the age of 82?

Query: Hello doctor, My relative aged 82 years is suffering from prostate cancer. It was discovered one year ago. Surgery was done eight months ago, and it is still spreading. He is not diabetic. Will chemo might be fatal?  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. It is important to know when the cancer spread was first detected. If it has spread to involve other areas then it is likely to be stage 4 cancer. I have served in a cancer institute for years...  Read Full »

Chemotherapy sessions for breast cancer has been increased to 12. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is suffering from breast cancer, and her treatment is going on. We have already done four chemotherapy with a gap of 21 days, but now instead the surgery doctor advised us to take 12 chemotherapy weekly. Please let me know the treatment that is going on is right or wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. So with chemotherapy, the size of the tumor is reduced significantly to make breast tumor operable. She has completed four cycles every 21 days, and now they will start the second phase of weekly chemotherapy (a new drug) for 12...  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

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 ...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for stage 3 angiosarcoma?

Query: Hi doctor, My mum has angiosarcoma in the leg. Amputation would be the only option. But she is not a suitable candidate for surgery. Will radiotherapy help in this condition? Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Chaitra. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The usual treatment for angiosarcoma is the removal of the cancerous tumor by surgery. However, in those patients who are unfit for surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are alternatives. Radiotherapy involves the use of radiations to dissolve the tumor and chemothera...  Read Full »

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