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Dr. Jennifer M. Reed

Oncologist

Dr. Jennifer Reed is an oncologist practicing in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Reed specializes in the care and treatment of patients with cancer. As an oncologist, Dr. Reed manages and oversees the treatment of a cancer patient after he or she has been diagnosed with the disease. Oncologists will care for their patients throughout the course of the disease. Types of oncologists include medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, pediatric oncologists and hematologist oncologists.
Dr. Jennifer M. Reed
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Medical College of Virginia
  • Accepting new patients

Can liver cancer be treated by an interventional radiologist?

Occasionally an interventional radiologist can assist in chemo delivery but the medical oncologist is the one who determines if you are a candidate for that therapy.

How to get rid of fluid in the lungs?

Yes it is relatively safe. Sometimes a tube can be placed to drain any extra fluid that still builds up.

Will I definitely lose my hair during chemotherapy?

Depending on the drugs given you may. You will lose most of your hair with the standard regimens which include adriamycin, taxol and cytoxin.

How will I know if my cancer cells are still alive?

This will depend on the type of cancer you had. Like if it was estrogen-sensitive or not. Overall, stage 1 has an excellent 90% or better survival rate if you do all of the recommended READ MORE
This will depend on the type of cancer you had. Like if it was estrogen-sensitive or not. Overall, stage 1 has an excellent 90% or better survival rate if you do all of the recommended treatments.

What are the risks involved in getting pregnant after cancer treatment?

Most cancer patients have minimal problems as long as they are a few years out from treatment.

Are fever, cold and cough normal during cancer treatment?

No this is not normal if she is able to keep her blood counts up. Often the medical oncologist will give a patient neulasta to increase her WBC and help her fight infections.

With a history of cancer, how often should I undergo a test to be sure there are no cancer cells in my body?

The guidelines currently have no recommendations for imaging or specific blood work. If you develop symptoms, then a scan would be ordered.

Can high cholesterol increase my risk of cancer?

These do not increase the risk of cancer. Drinking/smoking/being overweight increase the risk of cancer.

For a breast cancer case, is a surgery done first or is the chemotherapy started first?

Definitely! Chemotherapy can sometimes shrink tumors, making the patient eligible for breast conservation.

Are there any chances for regrowth of my breasts?

Unfortunately the cancer can return even if the breasts are removed. The biggest worry is if the cancer has spread to the blood stream and can show up in other parts of the body. READ MORE
Unfortunately the cancer can return even if the breasts are removed. The biggest worry is if the cancer has spread to the blood stream and can show up in other parts of the body. Chemotherapy and anti hormone therapy reduce this risk if needed.

How often should I get my body screened for cancer when I have a family history?

It depends on the type of cancer in your family and the age of diagnosis. There are good screening tests for breast, colon and prostrate cancers

I want to get pregnant but I have undergone chemotherapy 2 years back. Is it advisable to conceive?

It should be fine just touch base with your medical oncologist to ensure you are fine.

Found a lump underneath my armpit and experiencing fatigue and joint pain. Should I get screened?

Definitely. It may just be an enlarged lymph node especially if you got your flu shot in that arm, but if it persists it needs to be checked out.

Is fatigue and loss of appetite normal during chemotherapy?

Definitely. Just try to keep up your nutrition when you feel up to it.

My father vomited after his chemo session. Is it normal?

It’s an unfortunate side effect but there are many meds to stop this. Have him tell his medical oncologist

Can repeated abortions cause cancer?

There is no known real association between the two. You are fine.

Are my swollen lymph nodes Lymphoma??

Most likely just reactive nodes. No need to worry

Will a biopsy cause cancer to spread?

Most true for spreading with testicular cancer. Unlikely with skin, breast, and lymph node cancers

How can someone live with cancer without chemotherapy?

It is not necessary in all cancers. Some cancers can be treated with pills. Some are just watched til they progress.

Can certain food prevent cancer?

Leafy green vegetable, berries like raspberries blueberries and strawberries have antioxidants, garlic and turmeric help fight cancers