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Following are the answers to questions asked generally by our patients:

Before Chemotherapy
What is cancer
What to let your doctor know about

Before Chemotherapy

  • make sure you’ve done your labs before the chemotherapy visit

  • for patient on taxotere chemotherapy, don’t forget to take your premedication with decadron 2 tab 2x/ day for 3 days, starting the day before chemotherapy

  • for patient on Taxol, decadron 5 tab po the night before and the day of chemotherapy

  • on the morning of chemotherapy, eat a light breakfast

  • Patient experience different side effects … difficult to predict what side effects one may experience during chemo. Therefore, we advise that you bring a friend/family member to drive you to and from chemotherapy.

Nutritional Advises for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • cancer patients lose appetite and weight from the cancer themselves and also from chemotherapy side effects.

  • therefore, it’s important to maintain good nutrition with a balanced diet. High-protein and high-calorie diets are important

  • try to avoid raw food such as sushi during chemotherapy as blood counts are often low 1-2 weeks after chemotherapy infusion and may put you at risk for infections. Fruits and vegetable should be carefully washed to reduce risk of infection.

  • eat smaller meals to limit distention of your stomach, which can lead to nausea

  • avoid food that are high in fat to reduce nausea.

  • bland food such as cream of wheat, soup, and mashed potatoes tend to be better for reducing nausea

  • try to avoid alcohol as this can affect the ways drugs are metabolized during chemotherapy

  • Also, before taking herbal medication, check with our doctors to make sure that these do not interfere with chemotherapy drug.

What is cancer

Brief overview of cancer
Cancer: is a disease in which cells of your body grow out of control. They cause problems when they invade normal parts of your body. Cancer can arise from any part of your body. I.e., a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer if they original cells are derived from the breast. Once the cancer traveled elsewhere, we say that patients have metastatic disease.

What causes cancer
Depending on the specific cancer, the cause can be varied from genetics, diets, life style, and exposure to toxins in the environment.

How cancer is diagnosed
by XRAYs, blood tests, scans. The gold standard for diagnosis a specific cancer remains biopsy, in which a small amount of tissue is removed for study under the microscope by a pathologist.

Treatment options
  • If the cancer is diagnosed early and is localized, treatment options include surgery and/or radiation. Depending on the stage of cancer, additional chemotherapy is often given to prevent microscopic disease left behind from coming back

  • If cancer has spread to other parts of the body, chemotherapy is the best options

  • You can ask your oncologist about this for more details. Most chemotherapy are given through intravenous infusion. There are some drugs which can be taken by mouth. We also now have biologic/ targeted therapy, which are like “smart bombs.” They work better and have much less side effects than traditional chemotherapy. There are many instances in which we combine traditional chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

What to let your doctor know about

  • absolutely anything that bothers you or side effects from cancer and chemotherapy treatment

  • for temperature >101.5, please call the doctor immediately and go to the nearest emergency department. DO NOT wait

  • make sure you have supportive medication for nausea, diarrhea and constipation, which are usually prescribed to you before chemotherapy