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Ice Chemotherapy

By Edited Apr 7, 2016 0 0

Ice chemotherapy is used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The name Ice comes from the use of ifosfamide, carboplatin and etoposide in the chemotherapy regimen.

When this chemotherapy treatment is given in different ways it can be used in the treatment of other kinds of cancer. For non-Hodkin's lymphoma it will be necessary for the patient to spend time in the hospital. The drugs are given separately through an intravenous drip. The doctor based on your illness will determine how often and in what dosage you will receive the drug.

The reactions that patients have to ICE chemotherapy will vary according to the patient and the dosage that is being administered. Some people do not feel very many side effects while others will feel very ill while they are receiving treatment. Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common symptoms that patients will experience. The doctor can prescribe drugs that will help control the vomiting and nausea.

It is also necessary that the patient replace the fluids that can be lost due to vomiting. Make sure that if you are vomiting that you let the doctor know and drink plenty of fluids.

Patients who are receiving this treatment will also be at an increased risk of infection. There is a reduction in the production of white blood cells in patients who are receiving ICE chemotherapy. This can cause a great many problems for patients and they will need to let their doctor know immediately if they are feeling any of the signs of infection.

Many patients will also feel extreme fatigue during their treatment and after the treatment is completed. They should take care to get plenty of rest while they are receiving ICE chemotherapy. Eventually the fatigue will diminish, but during treatment it will be difficult to overcome the tiredness.

There will also be a total loss of hair during ICE chemotherapy. This will usually begin three to four weeks after the first round of treatment. There may be a loss of eyebrows and lashes as well. The hair loss will stop when the treatment stops and it will grow back. It is caused by the drugs attack on the cancer cells. The drugs that are used are not cell specific and cannot distinguish between the cells that control the growth of your hair and the cancer cells. Because it is so important to eliminate the cancer cells the hair loss will be necessary.

Ask your doctor any questions that you might have about your ICE chemotherapy when the treatment regimen is being planned. It is important that you are aware of all the side effects that you will experience during your treatment.

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