Working as a nurse on a Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology unit, Cheryl Taylor has three years of clinical practice. Working right alongside doctors and other nurses to provide care for patients and their families. She serves on committees that focus on health informatics and reseach. As an Oncology Certified Nurse (ONC), ongoing learning is a daily goal.
In general, chemotherapy kills rapidly dividing cells. Many of the different types of chemotherapy attack cells as a specific phase of the cell cycle (the way that cells reproduce). Killing off rapidly dividing cells is why many chemotherapy drugs have the side effects, such as: hair loss,
An allogeneic bone marrow tranplant is when someone receives bone marrow from someone other than themselves. They can receive a transplant from a related donor, a non-related donor, and even umbilical cells.
Chemotherapy can cause swelling in the feet and ankles. It could be due to fluid volume associated with the chemotherapy infusion, or side effects of the chemotherapy itself. Please make sure your physician is aware to rule out other possible reasons for swelling.
It is important to know about drug side effects, so you can know what to look for when taking a new drug. When prescribed a new drug from the pharmacy please look at the most common side effects and be prepared that they may or may not happen to you. It is also important when taking a new drug to...
Maintaining an active lifestyle may help improve quality of life after chemotherapy. It is important that the side effects of the chemotherapy are managed to aid in the ability to stay active. There are many options to help treat side effects of chemotherapy (ie: nausea, diarrhea, hair loss) It is..
There are national standards addressing how to handle chemotherapy drugs, the oncology nursing society submits these standards. Also, the hospital or clinic will have protocols and practice guidelines on how to handle these medications.
Emend (aprepitant) is a typically a three-day regimen to help prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Typically, the first day the patient receives a 125 mg tablet and the next two days they receive 80 mg doses.
In most hospitals here are standards of treatment (or protocols) for specific illnesses. These are the most researched and effective treatments for that illness. Doctors will often use these protocols that are already in place to decide which drug to use, but may change dosing due to the p