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Do side effects of oral chemo tablets start right away?

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Posted on Wed, 16 Jul 2014
Question: Do side effects start straight away from oral chemo tablets for bowel cancer?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Gastro-intestinal side effects yes...

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

Some of the side effects (i.e. gastrointestinal) would start straight away (within a few hours of starting the oral chemo tablets.

While, other side effects (involving other organs) will start within few days of starting the treatment.

All the best!
Dr.Albana
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (14 minutes later)
Can this oral chemo be taken if you have had a previous heart attack and pulmonary embolism?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
If current health status is ok,can be taken....

Detailed Answer:
Hi back my dear,

Before deciding for an oral chemo, doctors would evaluate the general health status of the patient together a deep analysis of the reports of lab tests and previous medical history.

The doctors will also analyze the benefits, side effects or possible complications from the use of oral chemo.

After all these evaluations, it will be decided if to go for oral chemo.

If he had a previous heart attack or pulmonary embolism, but, for the moment, the patient's heart and lung condition is fine; then, can go for oral chemo. Otherwise, it is not advised.

All the best!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (23 minutes later)
Yes his lung and heart condition seems fine but just that had previous attack and clots.

But his gp want to put him
Back on asprin to thin the blood to reduce risk of further attack or clots. Can asprin be taken
With
Chemo?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Aspirin can be used along with oral chemo...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

First, it is not GP to decide for chemo, but, Oncologist. GP will prescribe what oncologist will decide to prescribe.

Second, has the patient undergone any surgery for colon cancer?

If yes, then, baby aspirin will not only prevent clots and further attack, but will help, hopefully, reduce the chances for re-occurrence.

Otherwise, aspirin has shown good results in prevent the disease from spreading.

Hope it answered to your queries!
Dr.Albana
If anything unclear, do write me back!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (7 hours later)
Yes he has had surgery in march already and was a dukes c1.so he can start asprin right?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, can start aspirin...

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

Yes, can start aspirin unless other health problems detected from his doctor. If no problem, then can take aspirin along with oral chemo.

Observe if any side effect will occur.

All the best and God bless!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Do side effects of oral chemo tablets start right away?

Brief Answer: Gastro-intestinal side effects yes... Detailed Answer: Hi there, Some of the side effects (i.e. gastrointestinal) would start straight away (within a few hours of starting the oral chemo tablets. While, other side effects (involving other organs) will start within few days of starting the treatment. All the best! Dr.Albana If you need further clarifications, do not hesitate to write me back!