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By Anonymous May 1, 2010 - 10:57am
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I would like to know what are the best and least invasive chemo drugs under my condition and alternative like acnupunture to avoid having anti nausea drugs and hair loss Many ThNKS

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Regarding cold cap therapy It is more than very successful.
The feeling with Ice cubes on the head is like chalk and cheese when comparing with the of the Penguin Cold caps special Crylon gel on the head. It is still very cold but the extra cold that the Crylon gel can attchieve freezes out the nerve endings quickly so discomfort is short lived When ice cubes are used the temperature is only at zero degrees Centigrade and the cold pain discomfort is felt for a long time Please visit www.Breastcancer.org and go to cold cap forums There are many pages which discuss the effectiveness of cold caps in preventing chemotherapy hair loss
Also go to Google and type in Cold Caps They can be rented from the manufacturers and can be delivered quickly.
Frank Fronda

May 8, 2010 - 12:32pm
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Dear Truss

Thank you for your question and welcome!

I'm so sorry you are undergoing cancer treatments at this time but I hope for nothing but the healthiest outcome for you!

In your situation, we're not in a position to advise you on what kind of chemotherapy would be best for you. Only you and your health care providers can decide that, based on factors in your individual case.

Acupuncture has had some very favorable reviews when it comes to cancer treatment and the nausea and vomiting that occurs. The National Cancer Institute has a section about this very topic:

Studies of the effect of acupuncture on pain
In clinical studies, acupuncture reduced the amount of pain in some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses. The findings from these studies are not considered strong, however, because of weaknesses in study design and size. Studies using strict scientific methods are needed to prove how acupuncture affects pain.

Studies of the effect of acupuncture on nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
The strongest evidence of the effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery, and morning sickness. It appears to be more effective in preventing vomiting than in reducing nausea.

Studies of the effect of acupuncture on cancer and symptoms (other than nausea) caused by cancer treatment
Clinical trials are studying the effects of acupuncture on cancer and symptoms caused by cancer treatment, including weight loss, cough, chest pain, fever, anxiety, depression, night sweats, hot flashes, dry mouth, speech problems, and fluid in the arms or legs. Studies have shown that, for many patients, treatment with acupuncture either relieves symptoms or keeps them from getting worse.

Have any side effects or risks been reported from acupuncture?
There have been few complications reported. Problems are caused by using needles that are not sterile (free of germs) and from placing the needle in the wrong place, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle. Problems include soreness and pain during treatment; feeling tired, lightheaded, or sleepy; and infections. Because chemotherapy and radiation therapy weaken the body's immune system, a strict clean needle method must be used when acupuncture treatment is given to cancer patients. It is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.

There are other ways besides drugs that may help including hypnotherapy and meditation.

Also remember to ear dry foods, stay away from strong odors and get plenty of fresh air. Small meals are far better than large ones and try not to drink very much fluid with a meal, if you can.

For hair loss, there is something called the Cold Cap. This is used in Europe more than in the US but has been quite successful for some women undergoing cancer treatments. It is literally a really cold cap, that covers all a persons hair and has a strap below the chin. It kind of looks like a bike helmet except the hard material is more like a multi-layered wrap on the head. This method is able to stop hair loss but this cap is called cold for a reason. Sometimes it's simply too cold for a person to handle. A person can gauge their own threshold for the pain by placing a bag of ice under a cap and completely surrounding their entire head for an hour. It's tough going but has worked for many women.

Let me know if this information helps you!

May 1, 2010 - 1:06pm
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