Frequent question: Is weekly chemo better?

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Does weekly chemo have less side effects?

Women who got Taxol or Taxotere once a week instead of every 3 weeks seemed to have less severe side effects from the chemotherapy. This is probably because each Taxol or Taxotere dose was slightly less than half the standard dose.

Why is chemo given weekly?

Ovarian cancer is usually treated every three weeks with chemotherapy containing the medicines carboplatin and paclitaxel. A study in Japan challenged this standard of care. It found that giving chemotherapy more frequently – weekly instead of every three weeks – improved survival without reducing quality of life.

Is it OK to delay chemo for a week?

Short, planned delays in chemotherapy for good-risk GCT patients (less than or equal to 7 days per cycle) appear to be acceptable since they may prevent serious toxicity in this curable patient population. Delays of longer than 7 days are strongly discouraged except in extraordinary life-threatening circumstances.

Is chemo given weekly?

You may have treatments every week or every 2, 3 or 4 weeks. How often you have treatment also depends on which drugs you are having, as well as your treatment plan. When you have chemotherapy through an infusion pump, you may have the drugs: all the time for a few months (continuous administration)

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What are the signs that chemo is working?

Complete response – all of the cancer or tumor disappears; there is no evidence of disease. A tumor marker (if applicable) may fall within the normal range. Partial response – the cancer has shrunk by a percentage but disease remains. A tumor marker (if applicable) may have fallen but evidence of disease remains.

How long does chemo keep working in your body?

Chemotherapy can be administered a number of ways but common ways include orally and intravenously. The chemotherapy itself stays in the body within 2 -3 days of treatment but there are short-term and long-term side effects that patients may experience.

Do you ever fully recover from chemotherapy?

Most people say it takes 6 to 12 months after they finish chemotherapy before they truly feel like themselves again. Read the resource Managing Cognitive Changes: Information for Cancer Survivors for more information about managing chemo brain.

What is the strongest chemo drug?

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) is one of the most powerful chemotherapy drugs ever invented. It can kill cancer cells at every point in their life cycle, and it’s used to treat a wide variety of cancers.

How much does a round of chemo cost?

Medication is only part of the problem. Many who are diagnosed in later stages need chemotherapy. Again, the costs can vary considerably, but a basic round of chemo can cost $10,000 to $100,000 or more. Additionally, many people need medication and chemotherapy at the same time.

What is the 7 day rule in chemotherapy?

The chemotherapy will usually be given over several days, and you’ll then have a break of at least 7 days to recover before starting chemotherapy again. The aim of this treatment is to remove most or all of the cancer cells from your body. When this happens it is called being ‘in remission’.

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Is it safe to delay chemo?

Delaying Chemotherapy More Than 30 Days Linked to Worse Outcomes for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Doctors recommend starting treatment as soon as possible after breast cancer is diagnosed. Timely treatment reduces the risk that the cancer will spread and increases the chances for survival.

Can you skip a cycle of chemo?

In general, it’s not a good idea to skip chemotherapy for vacations or other personal events. But you can ask the staff members at your treatment center to help you plan your treatment cycles so that any events take place when you’re likely to be feeling good.