by Kevin Murphy, MD
This is a great article about some of the basis for chemotherapy. Straight
talk about "hidden" cancer too small to see, including diagrams to give
you an idea about how small "small" really is.
Comprehensive booklet from the National Cancer Institute, covers what
chemotherapy is, what to expect, suggestions for coping with side effects,
for Ovarian Cancer
Overview of what to expect. Bear in mind that the specific drugs used
in any individual case will vary according to many factors, as will specific
treatment protocols (how long the chemo will take, will it be done on
in the hospital or as an outpatient, etc.)
Coping with Hair Loss - Great booklet from CancerBACUP, a UK-based cancer
Introduction to the types of chemotherapy and how it is administered,
from the University of Pennsylvania's Oncolink site.
Chemotherapy Drug Reference
Information on all the major chemotherapy drugs. Note that the drugs are
listed by chemical name, so, for example, look for Platinol under Cisplatin.
Chemo and Leukemia Link
This fairly technical page from the National Women's Health Information
Center is a report of the 2/99 article in the New England Journal of Medicine
entitled "Risk of Leukemia Following Platinum- Based Chemotherapy
for Ovarian Cancer" by Travis et al. The risk is small, but present.
Great FAQ-type info page, including the experiences of many women using
ports for chemotherapy.
of Chemo in Ovarian Ca (study)
This article, aimed at physicians, discusses a study which found some
advantages to doing chemotherapy before "debulking" surgery
for ovarian cancer, rather than afterwards as is traditionally done.
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