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Is Hydrazine sulfate effective for cancer patients suffering from cachexia?

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Posted on Sat, 6 Sep 2014
Question: What do you know about HZ for cancer patients suffering from cachexia? My brother is skin and bones now from chemo and radiation for esophageal cancer. He was saved but is severely malnourished. Apparently, the PET scan shows no existing cancer at the present time, but he is slowly dying from the effects of chemo.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about the state of your brother. This must be a very demanding and difficult moment for you and the entire family. I hope you find the strength to be as supportive as possible during this very difficult and demanding times.

Hydrazine sulfate has been reported to help in cancer patients and with severe cachexia. However, this has not been endorsed and approved by the competent authorities and agencies. Some patients report great results while others seem not to benefit from it. Studies have also suggested that they have an over all positive addition to the management of cancer patients but this cannot be independently verified as so much goes into making this conclusion and decision.

My recommendation is that you try it out. If it provides encouraging results, carry on with it. If the results are no reassuring, then you can stop. I have not read of terrible side effects but without real information from neutral and competent agencies, I cannot say yes to what individual reports suggest.

In all, there are conflicting and contradictory reports on HZ use in cancer patients. I suggest you try it out and decide to carry on or not depending on the experience.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and feel free to request for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Is Hydrazine sulfate effective for cancer patients suffering from cachexia?

Brief Answer: See below! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about the state of your brother. This must be a very demanding and difficult moment for you and the entire family. I hope you find the strength to be as supportive as possible during this very difficult and demanding times. Hydrazine sulfate has been reported to help in cancer patients and with severe cachexia. However, this has not been endorsed and approved by the competent authorities and agencies. Some patients report great results while others seem not to benefit from it. Studies have also suggested that they have an over all positive addition to the management of cancer patients but this cannot be independently verified as so much goes into making this conclusion and decision. My recommendation is that you try it out. If it provides encouraging results, carry on with it. If the results are no reassuring, then you can stop. I have not read of terrible side effects but without real information from neutral and competent agencies, I cannot say yes to what individual reports suggest. In all, there are conflicting and contradictory reports on HZ use in cancer patients. I suggest you try it out and decide to carry on or not depending on the experience. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and feel free to request for more information and clarifications if need be.