Common "Chemotherapy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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My dad has metastatic NSCLC lung cancer. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My father was diagnosed with metastasis NSCLC lung cancer, which spreads to the ninth and eighth ribs of the chest (all other organs are still not affected). Two cycles of chemotherapies are completed in the last one and half months with 21 days intervals. Now the doctor suggested chemoth...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns. Usually, immunotherapy plus chemotherapy is suggested for two years as per international guidelines. Its duration can be reduced if the PET scan shows a complete response (complete resolution of disease)...  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 symptoms and treatment for colorectal cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 64 years old. His weight is 52 kg. One week back, he underwent surgery and first chemotherapy for transverse colon cancer third stage. After chemotherapy, he is passing blood in the stool. Why is it so? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Pratik Pramod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As he is post-operative, blood in the stool can occur because of fresh surgery. Consult the surgeon who operated on him and, if possible, do a colonoscopy to look at the origin of bleeding. If it is a minor bleed, they will cauterize it during a colonoscopy itself. If it ...  Read Full »

What are the chances of recurrence of mediastinal neuroblastoma after surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My son was diagnosed with mediastinal neuroblastoma before nine months. He had undergone surgery and tumor was removed completely he had undergone chemotherapy for six cycles before three months. And the myc test was negative and favorable histology and pathology report. I want to know ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you answer a few questions? 1. What was the baseline stage? Whether bone marrow, lymph nodes, or bones were involved? Baseline imaging? 2. What was the histopathology report after surgery? 3. What was a response after chemotherapy? 4. Any cytogenetic studies?...  Read Full »

Alternative medicine for breast cancer injections, kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer early this year. She underwent MRM surgery and now undergoing chemotherapy. Her age is 57, and the doctor advised for eight cycles of chemotherapy. Now she completed five cycles, and now the doctor had advised 17 more injections for hormone blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello,Welcome to cancer will be her 2 neu positive, in this scenario, it is mandatory to give 17 injections of Trastuzumab, otherwise chances of recurrence are high. As far as cost is concern, you can get some other way, like hospital cost is very inflated, get it administered at a s...  Read Full »

My husband has stage 4 unknown primary cancer in bones. Will cancer spread?

Query: Hi doctor, I wondered if someone could help me interpret the following recent CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan. My husband has stage 4 unknown primary cancer in bones and lymph nodes. Is this report saying he now has cancer in the lungs, and how will this disease progress? He is not doing c...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a stage 4 cancer with bone metastasis (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). He should get a biopsy done to confirm the type of cancer and then plan chemotherapy protocol along with Zoledronic acid (zoledronate). It is stage 4 cancer, and it ca...  Read Full »

I want to know about HER2-positive breast cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I want to learn more about HER2-positive breast cancer, particularly how HER2 functions in it. My best friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and heard this is a very aggressive form. Could you please explain what HER2-positive breast cancer is and how HER2 functions in the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Muntaqa Butt

Answer: Hi, We welcome you to the iCliniq family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This protein promotes the growth of canc...  Read Full »

My mom does not have salivary secretion after 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. Raturi Vijay Parshuram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 (de...  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 »

Could you please explain HER2-positive breast cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, We recently found out that my mom has HER2-positive breast cancer, and I am a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there. I have heard about HER2, but I am not entirely sure what it means for my diagnosis and treatment. Could you please explain what HER2-positive breast cancer i...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I can understand your concern. HER2-positive breast cancer is a type of breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This protein promotes the growth of cancer cells. In...  Read Full »

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