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 looking for info on kemotherapy(sp?)

Hello, a friend is under going kemotherapy(sp?) for {*filter*} cancer. I'm
trying to learn what I can about it. Any info would be appreciated.

Sun, 15 Oct 1995 01:19:03 GMT
 looking for info on kemotherapy(sp?)

Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 looking for info on kemotherapy(sp?)


>Hello, a friend is under going kemotherapy(sp?) for {*filter*} cancer. I'm
>trying to learn what I can about it. Any info would be appreciated.

You've asked a toughie of a question.  There are many different {*filter*} which
are used for chemotherapy.

The overall purpose of chemotherapy (don't worry about the spelling.  Some of
these crazy medical words are impossible to spell! :-) is to either destroy
cancer cells or to keep them from growing.  Different {*filter*} have different
effects on cancer cells, and therefore, it is not uncommon to use more than
one drug at a time.

Some chemotherapeutic {*filter*} are effective anytime during the growth cycle
of a cell.  Others work only at specific times during the cell cycle.

The first phase of the cell cycle is G1; it is when the protein synthesis
and RNA systhesis occurs.  In the second phase, S, synthesis of DNA occurs.
The third phase is G2; The DNA splits and RNA and protein are synthesized
aagain.  In the fourth phase, M (or Mitosis), the cell may divide.

There are {*filter*} which are effective in each phase.  Some stop DNA synthesis.
Others stop the cell from dividing. Others wreck protein synthesis.
At any rate, the end result that is being sought is for the cancer cells
to stop growing.

If what you are seeking is "practical" advice, I apologize for rambling
on the techno stuff.  Some side effects are pretty common.  Chemo. {*filter*}
are rather {*filter*}.  It can cause a person to lose their appetite and to
experience nausea and vomiting.  Things to help this include eating small
frequent meals.  It is also suggested that if nausea/vomiting (hereafter
known as n/v) occurs that the person notify the doctor; there are medicines
tthat help nausea.  Diarrhea can be an effect.  Antidiarrheal medications
can be given, and good skincare and fluid intake are important.

Probably the one of biggest concsern is hair loss.  This does not always
happen.  It depends on what {*filter*} are being given, and on the person
themself.  Different people taking the same drug can and do have different
side effects.  I have seen some literature which states that wearing a snug
headband and/or wearing an ice cap can help reduce hair loss, presumably
by reducing {*filter*} flow to the scalp.  If anyone has seen research on this
too, I would love to see it, and possibly some bib data.

I highly recommend making contact with the American Cancer Society.
They have a vast selection of literature and information.  In addition,
if your friend has had a mastectomy, I highly recommend "Reach for Recovery".
It is a support group comprised entirely of women who have lost a {*filter*}
because of cancer.  They can offer some excellent support and suggestions.

If you have further questions, please send me E-mail.  I hav some good
access to information, and I enjoy trying to help other people.

I wish the best to you and your friend.

Sun, 15 Oct 1995 14:28:00 GMT
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