• Do you have other health conditions to deal with in addition to cancer?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, August 6, 2018

    Do you have other health conditions to deal with in addition to cancer?

    Kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes? If yes, how does it affect your treatments for cancer? If not, here are some things to be aware of when the two combine. Read our Blog Post with info>> http://bit.ly/2M2cXcI

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      I did but no more.

      A 'side effect' blood disease is gone.

      What is still left is, likely, what got me in trouble in the first place.. A strong allergy to mold which is from unknowingly living with it for so long. I am better but I am still like a miner's canary when it comes to mold. I just relocated for the 2nd time in 10 months because of mold.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Rheumatoid Arthritis, COPD, and SI joint pain.
      These were after some of the cancers.

      almost 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Right on, Molly. I forgot. Crumbling teeth, maybe related maybe not joint pain, a bit of mental confusion and some other things I would rather not mention.

      almost 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1987 which made be a candidate for Osteoporosis (2007) and Thyroid issues (2010) which I now have. Diabetes is another candidate that I have not succumbed to. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 and unsure if cheating on gluten free diet caused it but not cheating anymore. After finishing 6 months of chemo, I got chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet.

      almost 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Too many....I guess it's old age.

      almost 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      The CT scans say I have COPD. I seem to have no symptoms from it, fortunately. The nivolumab broke my thyroid, but that is easily remedied with a little pill every day. I am very lucky.

      almost 3 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Sustained SVT with my heart, bilateral lower extremity lymphedema, fibromyalgia, respiratory illnesses, degenerative spinal disease, and muscle atrophy.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar

      Arthritis and side effects as well from the radiation and surgery. Thyroid due to radiation, high blood pressure and cholesterol . All are under control with meds.

      almost 3 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      RA most likely a side effect from the immunotherapy. The problem, the meds they use to treat it does the opposite of the immunotherapy so I can’t take them. It took some time but we finally found something I can take with minimal side effects and helps. Another problem. I have AVN In my left hip, from the steroids used to treat the side effects and the RA. They ended up having to do a total hip replacement.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      Got my weight down to normal for my size, so high blood pressure and cholesterol issues are no more. Have a right bundle block and a couple of other heart items. All that’s left is cancer. Melanoma has been stable since 2012, and prostate cancer is very slow.

      almost 3 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Peripheral neuopathy from Vincristine. Hypertension, cataracts, osteoporosis, paper-thin skin, acid reflux and type II diabetes from long-term prednisone. Chronic kidney disease/elevated creatinine from all of the above plus the pharmacy I swallow daily. Neuropathy from diabetes (different than from chemo). Anemia of unknown origin. Elevated creatinine. 40+ porokeratoses on right leg. Chronic skin Graft-versus-Host-Disease and chipped teeth from an allogeneic stem cell transplant. Might be a couple of others. Both treatments I am receiving are for GvHD, so are unaffected by the underlying conditions.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Ilovemydoc's Avatar

      Multiple Sclerosis, hypertension, COPD, arthritis ( need both knees to be replaced), elevated cholesterol.

      almost 3 years ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I have A-fib (with pacemaker), allergies, anxiety, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy. I'm only on medication for the heart issues & seasonal allergies. For the others, I've found healthy alternatives. Like Dick_K, I really started watching my weight & Dr, Oz. Less weight helped my hip pain from arthritis. I was gaining/losing every month. The pre-infusion cocktail had steroids which was causing the weight gain. Chemo was causing the sedentary issue. I agree w/Pauline. As we age we seem to gain more issues.

      over 2 years ago

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