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Anyone know what works better than salagen for radiation induced xerostomia?

Anyone know what works better than salagen for radiation induced xerostomia?
Anyone know what works better than salagen ( pilocarpine ) for radiation induced xerostomia?

Data from human and animal models suggest that regular use of pilocarpine may not only improve patient quality of life but potentially prevent complications as well. Better methods of patient selection for therapy are needed since clinical response to pilocarpine cannot be predicted based on the duration of patient symptoms.  (+ info)

What is Chemically induced leukemia in the kidneys?

This cannot be detected by blood nor urine test, only biopsy. Symptoms are usually misdiagnosed and not caught until latter stages, too late, for treatment.

well, first leukemia is in the blood, not in the kidney.
second, the leukemia that is more affected by chemicals is: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. And is caused by one or more of the followings: Some types of chemotherapy, radiation therapy used to treat other cancers, tobacco smoke and/or exposure to large amounts of benzene (you know that Listerine contains benzene???)

Now, leukemia affects the kidneys, liver, and other organs bcz: "Leukemia cells can collect in the kidney, liver, and spleen, causing enlargement of these organs. Pain in the abdomen may cause a child to have loss of appetite and weight loss."
hope this clear your mind.  (+ info)

When someone has leukemia and gets radiation therapy is there hair loss?

After radiation therapy, is everything back to normal??

Not all chemo causes hair loss. My brother had brain cancer and never lost his hair. My sister also had chemo and she lost her hair. Either way, yes, it does grow back, curly too.and everything hopefully goes back to normal. Another thing, I too know what it's like to loose hair, Now, my hair is so thick and beautiful I Just love it. I never in my life dyed my hair and I'm 63. It's still a nice dark brown. I often wonder if dying does a lot of damage to hair. Anyway, you have my answer and I hope you're happy with it.  (+ info)

why radiation is given as a treatment protocol for radiation induced cancer?

While it's true that radiation can cause cancer by altering DNA and creating cellular mutations, it is also true that radiation kills cancer cells in localized areas. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, sometimes the cure causes the disease. It's not perfect, but it's the best thing we have available.  (+ info)

how does radiation hav to do do with leukemia?

im hearing tht radiation can cause leukemia is it true?

Too much radiation can cause your body cells to change to cancer cells ~~  (+ info)

better than salagen for radiation induced xerostomia?

Anyone know what works better than salagen (pilocarpine) for radiation induced xerostomia?

go to www.laclede.com they manufacture Biotene products and have a complete range of products for xerostomia. There is a gel for your gums, mouthwash, toothpaste and chewing gum plus I think there is an oral spray. If you go to their website they have some very good information on the topic and causes.  (+ info)

Has anyone used Difflam for radiation induced mucositis? Where can I purchase ?

yes i have used difflam i was prescribed it by my haemotologist when i was getting chemo, but you can buy it at a pharmacy, think its about £10 to buy. found it really good i had it for numbing my throat! hope this helps!  (+ info)

If you receive radiation for breast cancer. Can that give you leukemia?

Yes, most definitely. The risk has become higher as more younger people have been treated for cancer. The longer you live the more likely you will be to get a second, different cancer induced by chemotherapy and/or radiation, unfortunately. It is more common with treatment of certain types of cancers and depends upon the total dose received and length of treatment.

Radiation therapy for many cancers, particularly breast and prostate, has become more targeted in recent years. But it is yet to be seen whether this will reduce the rate of radiation-induced leukemia. Hopefully it will.  (+ info)

Radiation induced cataracts?

Does anyone know where I can find any citations on the effects of longterm low level radiation and incidence of cataracts? Specifically, in medical imaging professionals? Everything I have found online requires a paid subscription to one medical journal or another. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

PubMed.com is the website for the US National Libraries of Medicine. You will find many abstracts (summaries) of studies there and some of the articles are available without charge. You may not need to purchase a medical journal subscription, but you may need to purchase a specific article.

This is probably the article you want:

Risk of cataract after exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation: a 20-year prospective cohort study among US radiologic technologists.
Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Sep 15;168(6):620-31. Epub 2008 Jul 29.


If you find an article you desire, you may want to contact the lead author directly and ask if s/he will provide you a copy.  (+ info)

Can lupus be diagnosed as leukemia at the beginning?

I am no medical expert, but with today's technology, can a person with lupus be initially diagonsed with leukemia?

In addition, for both illness, do you treat them with chemotherapy and/or radiation? Which one makes you lose hair? Can you only lose some but not all? And with each session of chemo or radiation, how soon can you recover enough to go back to work?

The Dr of a person with undiagnosed SLE type lupus would include leukemia into the possibilites of a potential diagnosis before doing various tests and finally diagnosing lupus.
Lupus is made by a diagnosis of exclusion rather than any one test that determines you have lupus. A person with lupus can have a variety of seemingly unconnected symtoms that when there are enough symptoms present and lab values present will allow the Dr to make a diagnosis of lupus. Usually you must have 4 or more of the 11 potential symptoms and blood work results indicating potential lupus to make a definitive diagnosis of lupus.

If you had numerous unexplained symptoms then leukemia would be one disease that would have to be investigated and tossed out before a diagnosis of lupus could be made. I hope that I adequately explained what I am trying to convey to you.


You don't use chemotherapy or radiation to treat lupus although a couple of the drugs used to treat lupus are sometimes used to treat various cancers. Lupus treatments don't usually affect your hair. It would depend on your particular treatment regimen whether hair loss would occur when treating leukemia. How soon you got back to work would again depend on what type of leukemia and what type treatments. There is no one size fits all rule. Hope this helps.  (+ info)

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