• I posted a picture and question on the pinboard about swimming, I guess that wasn't the right place to put it, so I'll ask again here

    Asked by MelMom on Saturday, June 21, 2014

    I posted a picture and question on the pinboard about swimming, I guess that wasn't the right place to put it, so I'll ask again here

    We swim a lot in creeks and lakes around here, do you think that's safe with be being in treatments?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      It's ok to post questions on the pinboard Melmom, although more people will see questions on the question board than anywhere else. As far as the swimming, I think staying clean and not getting a cut would be important. I have creeks around where we live and I can't seem to get in one without getting a cut, that could lead to an infection.

      about 5 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      A friend of mine who was in treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma was told by her oncologist to not swim. I'd definitely ask your oncologist before swimming. Best -

      about 5 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar
      KimG

      I don't think it is a very good idea at all while in active treatment. Your immunity is compromised and there are a ton of parasites and ways for you to get an infection or worse. Parasites can be very nasty and give you very nasty illnesses besides the one you already are being treated for. Please stay away from creeks and lakes unless in a boat and then be careful. KimG.

      about 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      When I was going through chemo and radiation, I wasn't allowed to swim due to potential irratants in the water. You need to really be careful during treatments so that you don't get an infection or illness.
      I would check with your doctor before any type of swimming, pool, lakes or creeks. I know it's hard not to be able to swim, especially in the warm weather, but you need to be extra cautious during treatments.

      about 5 years ago
    • Blazin's Avatar
      Blazin

      With your immune system being compromised I wouldn't take any chances. In the last 6 months I was in emergency 3times because of infections. Was very careful to stay away from any one sick, or heavily populated areas and still ended up with pneumonia. You never no don't take the chance. All the best.

      about 5 years ago
    • jem1332's Avatar
      jem1332

      I started back to water aerobics in a pool during my 33 days of radiation. My oncologist said that as long as I didn't blister I could try it. I went into the pool 3 days a week for 45 minutes. I used extra cream to cover the treated area. I was glad that my skin didn't react badly to the treatment. If it had then I would have stop going to the pool. I don't how pools compare to lakes, but I would listen to your oncologist. I did not have chemo which would lower your immune system so I agree with Blazin.

      about 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I attended water aerobics during chemo, with my gyn onc blessing (6 weeks after surgery). It only lasted about a month before the end of summer, but was enjoyable. I don't think I would have been able to do it during radiation or my later chemo sessions (as my blood counts were real low and I was freezing).

      about 5 years ago

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