A. If you are having memory problems and trouble focusing on tasks, finding words or managing daily activities, you are not alone. Many people notice these changes while receiving chemotherapy. But most find that within a year of finishing treatment, these symptoms have either greatly improved or disappeared altogether. Researchers are still uncertain about the exact causes of chemobrain. But a number of conditions that may lead to these symptoms can be treated effectively: low blood cell counts, depression, anxiety and fatigue among them. Tell your doctor if you’re having any of the symptoms of chemobrain. Sometimes, simply changing a prescription can make a real difference in how you feel, because some medications can also make you less alert.
Radiation pneumonitis or esophagitis may be more likely with the combination of doxorubicin and XRT than with XRT alone. Prior XRT to the heart/mediastinum also increases the risk of doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy.
Endomyocardial biopsy data have demonstrated that the cellular morphological changes in patients who received doxorubicin and who were previously treated with cardiac or mediastinal XRT are markedly different and more severe than in treated patients without a history of cardiac or mediastinal XRT. Prior cardiac or mediastinal XRT appears to portend a higher risk of doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy. [ Ref ]
Q. I have purchased 500 grams of graviola powder from Raintree Nutrition, Carson City, NV. I was curious if there was a way to determine that the product that I received is in fact derived from the graviola tree? Worked in clinical research most of my adult career in Los Angeles, My partner has developed an aggressive from of prostrate cancer. Would like to administer this as a prophylaxis against metastasis.
A. The only way to know whether a particular product, powder or pill, is true to its label is to send a sample to a lab that does HPLC testing. For most people this is not a practical step to take.