• Has anyone gone camping while going through chemo treatment?

    Asked by Lirasgirl33 on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Has anyone gone camping while going through chemo treatment?

    My family is going to Yosemite for 4 days and I am planning to go with them. I won't be driving or going on any overly exhausting hikes. I'm just curious if any one has gone, and what their experience has been. I don't want to do anything that will be detrimental to my body and my cancer treatment.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You need to be careful not to get any kind of infection. Before you go, make sure you know where the closest emergency room is just in case.

      about 4 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      I am, right now, camping - well actually I'm at the local library, but I am on a camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am currently on maintenance chemotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the lung. I have always camped and surgery and chemo has actually allowed me to continue to do so. I do the same things that I have always done while camping - vigorous hiking, building fires, campstove cooking, etc.

      On the side of caution, check with your oncologist. My chemo isn't affecting my blood counts and really the only thing I need to be careful of is tripping and falling. All of my oncologists encourage me to continue to be active and to take care, but not to treat myself with kid gloves.

      Hope you get to go. It is righteous fun!

      about 4 years ago
    • Angelunique's Avatar

      I was hoping for more information on this subject here. I'm 7 days into my 13 month regimen of chemotherapy. My diagnosis, Breast Cancer IIIA. My family and I have been campers our whole lives. My daughter is turning 18 in September and she is asking if we can have a family camp trip for the occasion. Well, I will let you know how it goes :)

      about 2 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hi Angelunique, since I started treatment back in 2012 I've gone camping 6 times. One of those times was to Yosemite and the other to the Grand Canyon. I didn't really do a lot of the driving and I had family to help with loading, unloading and setting up. Make sure you have someone to help you because you don't want to tire yourself too much. We are tent campers and I really have enjoyed our family camping trips. Being out there surrounded by the beauty of nature is so wonderful. Let me know if you have any specific questions regarding camping and chemo.

      about 2 years ago

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