• Chemo and travel!

    Asked by StunnedMike on Friday, February 17, 2012

    Chemo and travel!

    I plan on traveling for work on my off weeks. I just finished my first week of travel and it went well. Does anyone else travel while doing treatments?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • ttisme's Avatar

      I travel recreationally...since I am not working. My treatments are Fri-Sun. out of commission till Wed. On Thrusday I am biting at the bit to go somewhere. I have been traveling down to the Outter Banks (NC) where my sister lives and roaming the beach and taking pics of the lighthouses.

      If I get tired and don't feel like driving back to my sisters, I find a cheap place to stay the night.

      Make sure when you pack to take all your meds and the biotene for the dry mouth. If the mouth issues haven't hit yet they will. I am using the toothpaste and mouth wash (about 4 times a day).

      about 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I traveled after chemo ... and mentioned it after I got back, and my healthcare providers WERE NOT HAPPY that I didn't talk to them about traveling beforehand.

      A big key is whether you'd have access to care should you develop a fever. Another is the condition of your immune system. If your counts are good, they will probably be more comfortable than if your counts are very low.

      So, I simply recommend that you talk to your health care providers about traveling so that you can make the right decisions ... and make them wisely.

      Good luck!

      about 9 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      We have not travelled anywhere more than an hours drive since my husband got sick, but it is something we've talked to his doctors about. They have said that there are a few important things. One, like Leepen said, is to make sure his counts are ok before we go. If they're low, we shouldn't go because of the risk of infection and blood clots. The other thing they said is that, while he's actively in chemo, they don't want him more than 1 hour from a major city with a high level ER. Just too risky. That also limits us on flight times, too. When you are doing chemo, you are very immune compromised, and it's much easier to catch things and get sick, so you have to be really careful.

      I'd ask your oncologist before you plan the next trip.

      about 9 years ago
    • sweetcfo's Avatar

      I travel for work too. For me, I have an off treatment week. I take antibacterial wipes with me and wipe everything down from the airplane seats to the hotel room to the table in the restaurant. I also have masks if needed. Right now is flu season so be careful. I've talked to my oncologist at length about it. For me, I have to travel to keep my job so he has talked with me about precautions to take. Good luck.

      about 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I'll add one more thing, actually.... That hand foam!
      The chemo nurses gave me some of that hand foam (which is far less stinky than the kind of hand sanitizer the public can buy), and I used it a ton. I also had anyone coming into my office use it. When my counts really tanked, I was super anal about it.

      I had only two colds through my five months of chemo. Not too bad, eh? All the research shows that the NUMBER ONE thing we can do to keep germs at bay is keep hands CLEAN! Problem is, our skin is already overly dry from chemo... so the hand foam is terrific because it keeps your hands disinfected without drying them out. So, I did a combo of handwashing and hand foam....

      Now - post surgery, I'm doing hand foam a lot to keep from getting an infection and also keep those cold germs at bay! I hope to stay cold-free!

      Good luck!

      about 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      When I went through my chemo, I would get treated every other week. I traveled each off week, and taught classroom training during the 3 days of the week I was getting treated that I wasn't sleeping. So yes you can travel.

      about 9 years ago

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