• Do you drink any alcohol at all when in treatments?

    Asked by Bellabu on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Do you drink any alcohol at all when in treatments?

    Will a glass of wine at dinner hurt anything?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Considering I asked if my vitamins would interact with anything, I think I'd run it by your oncologist or his/her nurse.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I agree with BuckyeyeShelby. For one thing, everyone reacts differently, as do the different treatments...

      I will have a glass of wine or a margarita about once a year... I don't know if the alcohol will affect my treatments and I just don't think it is worth taking the chance.

      9 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I'm with the "check with your doctor" group, as we are all different.

      I was allowed a glass of wine once in a while. During Chemo,it didn't taste good though.

      9 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      As they said, I would ask your doctors, plus check your medicines to see if any say to avoid alcohol.

      Personally I wouldn't drink alcohol again because it isn't good for your liver, so to me it isn't worth it, especially knowing our bodies are being stressed by fighting cancer.

      9 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      I used to like a drink or two (occasionally more to be truthful) "in the day" but I drink no alcohol at all now. Of course I had my chemo in mind when I first started abstaining but now my greater concern is the heart medication I am taking called Tikosyn for A-fib. It's one of those that you are admitted to the hospital for three nights so they can observe your reactions to it. Fortunately, I did well from the start and could leave on the third day, getting a one night reprieve. I wouldn't want to jeopardize the good effect it has had on me.

      9 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I did not drink at all during treatment. I didn't have the desire. But it's a question for you to ask your oncologist.

      9 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I'm with everyone else here. I didn't drink during chemo, and now I drink one glass of wine every six or so months.

      9 months ago
    • Julia468's Avatar

      I agree with checking. As I always felt hung over during treatment, actually drinking held no appeal.

      9 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar

      Being off bud lights for a year now use to social drink every now again on Friday or Saturday night outings but not in a year now my heath is more to me then a drink ,,, I would say like others ask 'DOC' still taking a bath by my self biga17133

      9 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I didn’t. I asked early on and they said no so I didn’t do it. After treatment they said a wine cooler or so a week would be fine. So I have the occasional sangria but not often

      9 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I would ask the doctor. If you go through chemo, things taste way differently than they used to. You may not even want things like wine. The main thing is to try to eat healthy during and after treatment.
      I was so sick that I barely ate. It was like having the flu during chemo, and it lasted for days!
      And I have read that alcohol can contribute to the cancer coming back. Might be something to look into.

      9 months ago
    • jillybean56's Avatar

      Did not touch a drop for 10 months, simply because it did not appeal to me. Was too whacked out from chemo anyway. And it probably would not taste as good as it used to, if you find your tastes are altered food wise, same goes for alcohol. If you do desire a glass of red wine, A GLASS not a bottle, do try to find organic wine that is nitrate/nitrite free. And do not try to drive. But always good to ask your doc if A GLASS of organic red wine is okay now and then, some of them believe it can be beneficial. Just remember that chemo puts a huge strain on your liver, so do not overdo. And A GLASS is usually considered to be about 4 ounces. If you think you are really craving the taste of wine, try cooking with it, just make sure it's organic. Sometimes just that hint of flavor scratches the itch. And the alcohol gets burned off from cooking.

      9 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      Not until the last week of chemo when I had a glass of wine. I found chemo to be very dehydrating, and for me, alcohol has the same effect. I did not want to make the dehydration worse, so I stayed away from wine. I also had a lot of sleep disturbance during chemo, related, I guess, to the steroids. I didn't want ingestion of alcohol to contribute to the sleep problems either. But, like the others commenters have advised, best to check with your oncologist.

      9 months ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      I didn't drink at all during treatment but I didn't feel like drinking either. My body was telling me to stay away from it and I did.

      9 months ago

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