• FOLFOX and work

    Asked by CrazyHarry on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    FOLFOX and work

    Anyone out in cancer land have Foldox chemo? We're you able to work? Travel? Starting 6/3. Thanks

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • abrub's Avatar

      Tons of us have had Folfox. I worked during it, but as I own the business, I could take short days or naps as needed. But there were days I went into work wearing the chemo pump.

      You'll see how you feel. It depends on your level of fatigue and side effects. No two people react the same to this treatment; for many it is very difficult, for others, it is merely a nuisance.

      Good luck with everything!

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I have worked throughout my treatments that have included FOLFOX. I am an engineer and work at a desk and have a very understanding employer. I have even taken my work laptop and worked during infusion as the time hooked up to the IV is boring without anything else to do. I hate daytime TV. I did have to take some days off when I got too sick but was mostly able to work. How much you can work will depend on how you react to the treatment and what your job is but I recommend trying as it will help you maintain your sanity and keep as much of a normal life as possible. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I had 12 rounds and although I hope I never have to do it again, I would if necessary. I worked part-time, teaching in a classroom. My ed director had an aide in with me in case I needed to run to the bathroom (diarrhea was one of my worst side effects). But I found that my side effects were cyclical so I could predict my "down" days and schedule things (like our social life) around those days. Keep a journal of your side effects not only to discuss with your doctor, but also to track and prepare for certain side effects.

      As my oncologist told me, it's not easy, but it isn't an awful chemo. And I completely agree with Peroll, try to keep as normal a lifestyle, just adapting it as necessary for those more difficult days. I had the philosophy that I wasn't going to let cancer interfere in my life and lives of my loved ones any more than absolutely necessary.

      Let us know how we can help you. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I wasn't able to work . As a meatcutter I'm on my feet all day. and we have to be very productive for 8 hours. My work has been great and has kept my job and position as I;ve been unable to work for a year and a half now,

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I worked thru 16 weeks of Folfox (8 treatments). I work a desk job, and have very kind & understanding bosses, and also the ability to work at home. I did my infusions, early morning, then went to work. My major issue was just being tired, so if I had to leave, I did, and if I felt up to it, did a bit of work at home. I know that diarrhea is common with Folfox, but since I had a bag, it wasn't so much of an issue - if I had it, I really didn't know. The only other side effects were that I would vomit on the Thursday after treatment - just in the morning, just once, just like morning sickness - and the cold sensitivity, both of which were manageable, and didn't impact me job -wise. If you can possibly manage it, try to work, even half days. It saves your sanity. You think about something other than your own miseries. Getting up & getting out daily is half the battle. The worst times for me was when I was home post surgeries by myself, and had too much time to think. Good luck! You can do this!

      over 3 years ago

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