Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro's 100 questions & answers about advanced and metastatic breast PDF

By Lillie D. Shockney, Gary R. Shapiro

ISBN-10: 0763761834

ISBN-13: 9780763761837

The one textual content on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, this e-book delivers authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions. Written via Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon origin Breast middle, teacher within the division of surgical procedure at Johns Hopkins college s college of medication, and tireless breast melanoma sufferer recommend, with remark from actual Read more...

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This barrier prevents germs and other disease-causing agents from reaching the brain. The same barrier that prevents germs from reaching the brain and protects you from infections also prevents chemotherapy from reaching your brain and protects brain metastases from chemotherapy. It is very difficult to break down this barrier. The only effective way to get chemotherapy into the brain or the tissues surrounding it (meninges) is to bypass it. Doctors do this by putting the chemotherapy directly into the fluid that surrounds the brain.

Some medicines are not absorbed into the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract, so doctors have to administer it directly into the bloodstream through a vein. Another common misconception about cancer therapy is to assume that the severity of its side effects is directly related to its Many cancer patients make the mistake of thinking that medicine given in the veins is more powerful than medicine given by mouth.

How will my oncologist decide how much chemotherapy to give me? Your oncologist will individualize your chemotherapy dose and schedule to maximize the chance that your cancer will respond and minimize the side effects that you will experience. The initial doses will depend upon your height and weight (body surface area), vital organ function (especially the kidney and liver), and general health status. Your oncologist may need to adjust the dose of chemotherapy in subsequent cycles if you are having unacceptable side effects or need to delay the start of the next treatment.

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