Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide To Lung Cancer by Justin F. Klamerus, Julie R. Brahmer, David S Ettinger

By Justin F. Klamerus, Julie R. Brahmer, David S Ettinger

Johns Hopkins sufferers' advisor to Lung melanoma is a concise, easy-to-follow “how to” advisor that places you at the route to wellbeing by way of explaining lung melanoma therapy from begin to end. It publications you thru the overpowering maze of remedy judgements, simplifies the complex time table that lies forward, and plays the duty of placing jointly your plan of care in layman's phrases. Empower your self with actual, comprehensible details that would provide the skill to with a bit of luck perform the choice making approximately your care and therapy.

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Platinums One of the first chemotherapy treatments available for lung cancer was a drug called Platinol-AQ (cisplatin). Platinol-AQ 41 Johns Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Lung Cancer • Chapter 3 is still one of the most effective chemotherapies available, but it has many side effects. Hair generally falls out. Nausea and vomiting were a huge problem until modern antivomiting treatments became available. Kidneys can become damaged, so doctors now give lots of intravenous fluids and recommend that patients drink plenty of liquids at home.

A second topoisomerase inhibitor is Hycamtin (topotecan). Hycamtin is commonly used for patients with SCLC that has recurred after initial treatment. The main side effects of Hycamtin are significant lowering of the blood counts as well as vomiting and diarrhea. Both Etopophos and Hycamtin are available in oral and intravenous varieties.

Many institutions have the ability to combine both the CT scan and PET scan in one machine, which is known as a CT/PET. Lung cancer can sometimes spread to the brain, so it is customary to obtain either a CT scan with intravenous contrast or an MRI of the brain as part of initial staging evaluation. 16 My Team—Meeting Your Treatment Team Unlike X-rays or CT scans, which use radiation, MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves. You will be asked to lie very still during this procedure and you will hear very loud noises as the magnets are raised and lowered.

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