• Frequent flu/cold/sore throats

    Asked by la1787 on Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Frequent flu/cold/sore throats

    What are you doing to keep your immune system up while in treatment with Keytruda? I've been sick with flu/cold 3 times in 80 days.

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Hmmm. I have been on Opdivo for 4.5 years. My immune system is very strong. I have had no sickness.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      What's your doctor say?

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My blood count was always taking a dive when I was on chemo. I didn't take Keytruda but still it's the same issue. WBC takes a dive, immune system tanks, infection attacks. I was in the hospital for 10 days one time because of that routine. I just tried to obviously stay away from sick people. It's almost impossible to do that these days, eat as much "good for you" food as possible and I took a few vitamins. Other than that, I didn't do anything else. There are several on the site that are pros at eating for health and boosting the immune system, they will offer you some input better than I have. Stay well!

      4 months ago
    • la1787's Avatar
      la1787

      Dr say, eat fresh fruit & vegetable, exercise and wash hands constantly. Which is not helpful, because I do that anyway. Is there a way to gage how much your getting from one food and not enough of another in nutrients?

      4 months ago
    • Leukemia_WN's Avatar
      Leukemia_WN

      @geekling is your go-to girl for that info. Click on her username, and post that question to her.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      la1787, I haven't had it done, so I'm not positive, but I think there are blood tests that can tell them if your diet is deficient. Another easier, quicker way is to start taking a multivitamin-multi-mineral supplement like Centrum, and make sure you are eating a minimum of 45 grams of protein every day. (If you don't eat meat, find other sources of protein.)

      If you need more info on a balanced diet, see a Nutritionist and specifically ask about how to prevent colds. (maybe extra Vitamin C or zinc?)

      Other ideas are to wear a disposable mask anytime you are around people, plus buy antibacterial wipes for hands and keep them in your car/work and use them on doorknobs, etc. Become a germophobe.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Are you also eating a minimum of 45 grams of protein a day? Your doctor can do bloodwork to monitor some things. I would call and ask for that, plus a referral to a nutritionist. If you take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum and eat a balanced diet, that should help you.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Are you also eating a minimum of 45 grams of protein a day? Your doctor can do bloodwork to monitor some things. I would call and ask for that, plus a referral to a nutritionist. If you take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum and eat a balanced diet, that should help you.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Ia1787, like LiveWithCancer, I would talk to your doctors about that, possibly getting some bloodwork, and request a referral to a Nutritionist for cancer patients. At home you should take a daily multi-vitamin-mineral like Centrum.

      4 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      When I was doing chemo, I was told to stay away from crowds. No shopping, no church, etc. My big outing's were for chemo or trips to the hospital.
      Frequent hand washing helps, along with no hand shaking or hugs. Hard to do. I would elbow bump my friends and family.
      And this year, it seems everyone is sick. So just be super careful where you go. And wash your hands as soon as you get home.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      la1787, please be careful and be sure to run any advice you get about eating by your doctor. There are people here who advocate certain diets, but they are not medical doctors and do not necessarily know how the diets they espouse will affect your specific treatment.

      I am actually confused by the fact that you have been so sick when on a drug that boosts your immune system. Are your blood counts off? Are you around little kids or go other places where there are likely to be sick people?

      4 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Yes, there is a way. In fact there are several.

      1. Blood tests.
      2. Cravings. A desire for a particular food usually results in learning it is rich in a particular nutritional item. Sometimes, if you dont know what you need, you will be attracted to something in the produce section.
      3. If you crave salty things, you might be low in minerals.
      4. If you crave sugary things, you might be low in B vitamins.
      5. Eat a rainbow of food. Each color is helpful in a different way.

      When you answer a craving (not for a brand but for a food), you can look a food up, lip smacking satisfied that you have helped yourself.

      Stay hydrated; continue to wash your hands a lot (use a nice hand wash and you wont need moisturizer so much) and understand that folks are contageous for days after they think they are feeling better. You can also wear an N-95 mask when out in public or around children.

      I got the flu twice the year I treated and got my only ever flu shot.

      If you are able to exercise, even walk, the movement stimulates you circulation keeping your immune system more alert.

      Best wishes.

      4 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Yes, there is a way. In fact there are several.

      1. Blood tests.
      2. Cravings. A desire for a particular food usually results in learning it is rich in a particular nutritional item. Sometimes, if you dont know what you need, you will be attracted to something in the produce section.
      3. If you crave salty things, you might be low in minerals.
      4. If you crave sugary things, you might be low in B vitamins.
      5. Eat a rainbow of food. Each color is helpful in a different way.

      When you answer a craving (not for a brand but for a food), you can look a food up, lip smacking satisfied that you have helped yourself.

      Stay hydrated; continue to wash your hands a lot (use a nice hand wash and you wont need moisturizer so much) and understand that folks are contageous for days after they think they are feeling better. You can also wear an N-95 mask when out in public or around children.

      I got the flu twice the year I treated and got my only ever flu shot.

      If you are able to exercise, even walk, the movement stimulates you circulation keeping your immune system more alert.

      Best wishes.

      4 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      I am also on Keytruda , 28 treatments over past 19 months, it's about keeping your immune system as strong as possible with proper diet, exercise, sleep and overall healthy living , not so much as had a sniffle in that time...Wash hands constantly.

      4 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      I am also on Keytruda , 28 treatments over past 19 months, it's about keeping your immune system as strong as possible with proper diet, exercise, sleep and overall healthy living , not so much as had a sniffle in that time...Wash hands constantly.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Tell your doctor about your concern, and maybe they will do some blood tests to check. Don't forget to eat lots of protein and take a multi-vitamin.

      4 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      For some reason I cant see any answers past the 4th. @GregP_WN, what's up with that? Lol.

      4 months ago
    • la1787's Avatar
      la1787

      Help. I've received 17 responses to my question and I can only view 3 of them. Is there a setting, configuration or bug?

      4 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I'm doing what my military doctors told me to do--DOUBLE or TRIPLE DOSE OF VITAMIN C AND D. I use NeilMed to clean my nose everyday. I've been doing this since the early 1990s. That helps a lot. Neilmed is at WalMart-Walgreens, etc.

      I had mouth nose cancer-surgery and radiation-which makes me prone to sinus infections. I wear a mask when I leave the house-especially going to the pharmacy. Last year a woman sneezed on me at the pharmacy, and I wasn't wearing a mask. 2 weeks later I woke up from an Endoscopy and colonoscopy with Whooping Cough-the Trifecta-They did not put me under with a fever, headache, whacked out blood pressure, loss of voice, breathing and swallowing problems, increasing weakness . At first they thought that I had a stroke. This was Feb 9, 2017-and it took me until November 2017 to finally get over it.

      I also wear a mask when I vacuum, because of the dust when I empty the dirt canister, and that's doctor's orders from before radiation started.

      3 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Double dose Vitamin C and D

      Wear a face mask when at the pharmacy-etc.

      Use Neilmed to clean the nose everyday.

      Wear a mask when vacuuming

      3 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Double dose Vitamin C and D

      Wear a face mask when at the pharmacy-etc.

      Use Neilmed to clean the nose everyday.

      Wear a mask when vacuuming

      3 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Been on Keytruda for 19 months and 30 infusions thus far, eat healthy, exercise , plenty of sleep, avoiding crowded places and constant handwashing is helping me avoid infection.

      3 months ago

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