• Does anyone know how long it takes to get the chemo drugs out of ones system after treatments are done.

    Asked by shelly on Friday, October 5, 2012

    Does anyone know how long it takes to get the chemo drugs out of ones system after treatments are done.

    I heard that going into a sauna will release the chemicals faster.

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    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      That's a good question but one that I'm not sure if anyone can answer. I noticed that I started feeling better about 3-4 weeks after my last infusion but my hair didn't start coming back until about two months later. I didn't think the watery eyes were ever going to stop. Going into a sauna may or may not release the chemicals faster but if it makes you feel better then it's a good thing. Drinking lots of water can also help to flush things out. A sauna treatment may help but mostly your body just needs time. Hang in there Shelly!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Typically several hours. If anything a sauna will cause it to take longer since you will become dehydrated. You could drink some extra water, but I doubt that will make a significant difference.

      How long it takes the drugs to metabolize and leave your body is completely different from how long the intended action of the drug takes place or how long side effects last.

      almost 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Are you asking this to determine when you will be feeling like your old self again? Or when you will be able to resume a more normal lifestyle (like not being obsessive about washing hands, avoiding sick people or getting your hands back into the garden again)?

      What my doctors didn't tell me was that the chemo can have a long-term effect on the body and it may be years until the side effects have resolved. I finished my chemo almost a year ago, and I am still struggling with neuropathy, muscle atrophy, nerve damage and chemo brain. The hair came back, my taste buds came back so therefore, so did the weight!

      I have learned to slow down and give my body time to heal. I immediately jumped back into an exercise routine and a new job. I quickly realized I couldn't handle it and I think being laid-off was a blessing in disguise. I need to slow down and focus on my health.

      Take your time. Patience is one of my worst virtues, so it has been very challenging and frustrating for me. But as my son points out, "Mom, it could be worse. You could be wearing your chemo bag."

      almost 8 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I was told to drink lots of water to flush my body during chemo. I also had massages periodically, which helps clear things out. As far as the EFFECTs of the chemo drugs, I am 14 months out from my last chemo treatment, and the neuropathy has finally left my hands. My feet are still tingly, but finally seem to be getting better. My hair got weird about 4 months ago, after being pretty good all through 2 rounds of chemo, go figure. My hairdresser says that does happen to some folks.

      almost 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      Of all the info. I was given about treatment and side effects, nobody told me how long the road back is. It took a long time before I felt "myself" again. It was very frustrating for me being an active person. I did notice myself getting better month to month, but it took 20 months to get that crap out of my system. Listen to your body and be very patient!

      almost 8 years ago
    • TheEvilyn8's Avatar

      My last chemo was on July 5th and my hair has begun to come back in slowly. I still have a body filled with muscle atrophy and my emotions are still a mess. I personally am fighting with depression and trying to reconnect with love ones. Since I am still doing radiation, I don't consider my journey over yet, in fact I documented that on my youtube blog TheEvilyn8...it doesn't feel over until the port is out and I don't have to walk into a building that includes the words (cancer) in it. I have read that it can years for symptoms to go away and some are permanent like you said. I wish you luck and keep the faith. Fight's ON!

      almost 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Immediately it took about 3 days for the chemo to clear my system. Long term it took about 3 months before I began to feel the energy come back to what had been normal before cancer. Every week there seems to be a little more improvement. Hoping your recovery is amazing as you are. Yup, you have to be amazing if you are on this side of cancer and have not given up.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      As many of us here have said, we all respond different to the treatments.
      My oncologist waited 3 months after my last chemo to do the PET scan. She wanted to be very sure that my system was clear of the chemo. She did not want any false positive.
      She always emphasizes that I have to stay very hydrated.
      Every week after the last treatment I felt a little better. I am not totally ok but much, much better.
      Be patient, you will keep getting better.
      Be strong, be hopeful

      almost 8 years ago

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