I don't know too much about it but the hospital gave me a bunch of books on chemo when I was diagnosed and they all had a line or quick blurb saying not to send fresh flowers to chemo patients because their immune system is weakened. However I think (though I'm no expert) that if you've been doing it for years with no problems, you can continue.
Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
Asked by Gena on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Last week while getting chemo another patient was talking about how she couldn't work in her garden and mulch because of the chemo. I asked her what she was talking about? She said, along with the oncology nurse, that you should not work around mulch and dirt and flowers while on chemo. The oncology nurse who had fresh flowers put them in her office knowing we shouldn't be around the flowers. I have never heard this and have been on and off chemo for 8 years. So, can someone enlighten me about this? I have not stopped working outside and have done fine all these years.
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That's a new one on me. I think I was told every big and picayune do/don't about being on chemo before treatment started, but nobody mentioned that one. Good thing, because when I wasn't being sick, I was working in my garden, with no problems. There were signs in the cancer areas of the 2 hospitals where I had surgery saying "no flowers or latex balloons," but I thought maybe that was for other issues than chemo.
When I mentioned to my oncologist some of the taboos I was told about by the nurse before being on chemo, he pooh-poohed most of them. I even threw up on my poor little dog and was terribly worried I'd done something awful to her, but the oncologist just laughed and said, "well, she won't ever get cancer."
You should not be around any sort of bacteria. I think the nurse is correct.
Dirt has the potential to carry a whole host of bacteria comming from wild animals, pesticide run off and other things. You should wear gloves always. And wear gloves in the garden stores too.
Yes check with yor Dr's. but you do need to be very careful around commercial dirt and your own yard dirt and gadening tools, chemicals and plants, pests, pets, wild animals feces and habitat and birds especially. Ticks, fleas, mosquitos they all carry lots of potential harm to your system.
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