• Is it possible to drive after chemo?

    Asked by angimary on Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Is it possible to drive after chemo?

    38 Answers from the Community

    38 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was too wiped out from each chemo Tx to drive...DH came with me..I always went to bed as soon as I got home...

      about 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I was able to drive home after radiation, but not after chemo. It really depends on what they are giving you and how you react to it, they give us steroids along with the chemotherapy but besides the severe chemo fatigue, some people drive iratically and aggressively on steroids.
      So I would plan on having someone drive you home the first time and see how it goes and how you feel. But beware because you may feel like you can drive and think that you are fine, but most people cannot drive safely and should not be driving after receiving a chemotherapy treatment.

      about 7 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I was able to drive home after all my chemo sessions (4 of Adriamycin/Cytoxan + 12 of Taxol), but I live only about four miles from my cancer center. My partner came with me to my first two infusions, just in case.

      about 7 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      With the exception of my first chemo, I drove myself to and from all 6 chemo treatments and all 25 radiation treatments. I live about half an hour from the cancer center. I was fortunate and never had any immediate reactions to any of the treatments, so it was definitely doable for me. Good luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have driven home from every treatment. I always felt pretty good immediately after chemo. I live about 45 minutes or an hour away, depending on traffic.

      about 7 years ago
    • MoveIt2012's Avatar
      MoveIt2012

      My mother drove me to all my chemo treatments. Between the Benadryl and steroids, not to mention the actual chemo, we felt better doing that. I do live an hour from treatment. I stated with a/c then did taxol/carbo. I am going to try to drive to radiation. If I tolerate it well should be okay.

      about 7 years ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      I drove myself to all of my treatments, usually went shopping afterwards. My side effects happened the 3rd day after chemo. You need to see how you react. Praying all goes well for you.

      about 7 years ago
    • LynnT's Avatar
      LynnT

      If you have benadryl you can't drive yourself home. I slept through the chemotherapy and went to bed once I got home. Best of luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • midgieb's Avatar
      midgieb

      I have not had a problem driving during radiation or chemo but if it is your first time someone should probably drive you.

      about 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      If it were me, I would get a driver; you don't know how chemo would affect you. Sometimes these are lng days in the infusion chair, so you might want someone to drop you off and then uyou can call them 15 minutes before your treatment is over. That's what I did. HUGS and God bless!

      about 7 years ago
    • SullyJackson's Avatar
      SullyJackson

      I have driven myself to all appointments and procedures. However, the idea of having someone drive you to your first treatment is a good one. I am like those whose side effects come along a few days after treatment for chemo. I'm through 26 days of rad. and just have a bit of skin burning and have the feeling of having something in my throat. Only 12 more treatments to go! Hope to still be going strong by the end. Good luck with your journey. Hugs.

      about 7 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar
      SandraK

      It depends on the chemo you get, I think. I would have been fine driving, but my husband went with me and he was a comfort to have with me. I think there are some that make you too weak or dizzy or tired. My sister couldn't have driven, could hardly walk. But that was 15 years ago and she might have done better now, with the changes in chemo, then she did then. I would have someone to drive you the first time or two until you see how you feel. And if you can have someone go with you it might be worth it to have them, even if you do feel okay to drive, because you don't feel so alone and scared and isolated, going through it, with a friend or loved one at your side. My onc office didn't allow people to 'stay' in the room with the patients. They said it was for privacy, but looking around I really thought it was due to space. But my husband could come back any time I wanted to chat a few minutes and we texted back and forth, or he would bring me a snack. It was good to know he was out there and I would be seeing his face poking in the door from time to time.

      about 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I agree it depends on the meds you are given, half of my chemos I could have driven, but my wife went with me to all of them so she always drove me. The other half there was no way I could have, I was getting sick before we even got home from the 30 minute trip. Plus I got benadryl too and it knocked me out pretty good. We all tend to take each one a little bit differently. Best to you on your treatments!

      about 7 years ago
    • Crimson's Avatar
      Crimson

      I had CMF, 7 sessions so far, I drove & worked after each one - fatigue came a few hours later. Everyone is different & treatments are different - ask your doctor & plan accordingly. My doc said I could drive & I took her at her word.

      about 7 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar
      JudyW

      I'm a single mom with no partner of any sort. Yes, I drove after chemo, after radiation, and I would have driven after surgery had the hospital and surgeon let me. I missed only one day of work throughout my approximately 6 months of chemo, and three weeks after my mastectomy. I guess the point is, you do what you have to do, without thinking much about it. I did have help from friends with dinners for my son and me several nights a week, and that was HUGE. It allowed me to come home from school (I'm a teacher) and rest every day. We used lotsahelpinghands.com

      about 7 years ago
    • needlestitcher's Avatar
      needlestitcher

      Try a couple treatments to see how your body is reacting before you drive yourself. If you need rides, contact the American Cancer Society... they have volunteers who sign up to help with this.

      about 7 years ago
    • Lorijoy812's Avatar
      Lorijoy812

      I had a driver for the 1st 4 treatments to see how I reacted. For the next 12, I was fine and drove myself. People wanted to go with me but I found it easier to go for treatments alone so I could sit there and vegitate or read or use my iPad. When someone was with me I felt like I had to have conversation the whole time.

      about 7 years ago
    • jeannewinter's Avatar
      jeannewinter

      Like JudyW, I'm also alone with no partner and I've driven myself back and forth after every chemo and radiation appointment. And I have an hour and a half drive each way. I guess I tolerate them well. With one chemo, I would get sick from it, but thankfully not the day of treatment. But everyone is different and each body tolerates each medication differently.

      So maybe have someone drive you for the first few and see how you feel. That's my advice anyway. Good luck! Prepare yourself for the fight of your life...

      about 7 years ago
    • angimary's Avatar
      angimary

      I always liked to do everything myself,not ask for help...:(((
      My drugs are: Taxotere & Herseptin
      Before treatment I have to take Dexamethasone
      My first treatment is scheduled early morning,when my son sleeps peacefully...
      I have to figure out something :(((

      about 7 years ago
    • PinkPickle's Avatar
      PinkPickle

      I couldn't drive after chemotherapy. It wasn't the chemo drugs as much as the premeds, Ativan, benadryl etc made me very sleepy. The American Cancer Society in your area should have a list of volunteers able to pick you up or drop you back home for free. Give them a call!

      about 7 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      The Iv Benadryl makes me really sleepy but I have seen cancer centers offer free transportation for treatment. Perhaps this is available in your area?

      about 7 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar
      baridirects

      I had my husband with me for each treatment, and also the day after, when I returned to the hospital for more fluids and my Neulasta shot. As part of my "pre-infusion cocktail", I received a pretty hefty bolus of industrial-strength Benedryl, and I had been advised not to drive for 48 hours after receiving it. You might want to check with your oncologist or chemo nurse what they plan to give you - at the very least, you'll want to have someone drive you until you get a feel for how your body reacts to the meds.

      I understand not wanting to ask for help...but if you drive and have a reaction you're not expecting, you not only put yourself at risk, but everyone on the road around you. Check around your local area, or connect with the social services department at your hospital - there are multiple organizations that provide transportation of this type at little or no cost - ACS is just one of them.

      Namaste,
      Christine

      about 7 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      The first chemo I had my boyfriend with me but the rest of the time I was fine to drive home. I usually stopped and picked up lunch on the way home too. I was fine after chemo. A day or two later wasn't the same story. I received carboplatin and taxol and am now just getting taxol.

      about 7 years ago
    • Joeyb's Avatar
      Joeyb

      My husband drove for the first chemo because we weren't sure of how I would react to the chemo since then I've driven myself to and from chemo. I only live just around the corner from my cancer center.

      about 7 years ago
    • DeniseD's Avatar
      DeniseD

      Call the center where you will be going and ask if they have any numbers to call for transport. I personally couldn't drive after R-Chop.

      about 7 years ago
    • angimary's Avatar
      angimary

      I took care of it hon
      XoXoXo

      about 7 years ago
    • sjdj23's Avatar
      sjdj23

      I drove my husband to every treatment even though it was only a few blocks away. Between the chemo agents,the 4-1/2 to 7 hours we were there, the benedryl and steroids it was for the best.

      about 7 years ago
    • angimary's Avatar
      angimary

      4-7 hours?that long? :(

      about 7 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      It depends on the meds you're getting, but my time at my cancer center usually lasted 3-4 hours. There was time spent in the waiting room, then vitals and blood work, then consult, and then chemo. Getting the pre-meds took time, and then the chemo itself.

      about 7 years ago
    • MoveIt2012's Avatar
      MoveIt2012

      I'm not sure about the drugs your getting but the shortest time I ever spent was 6.5 hours. Most of the time it was 7 to 8 hours.

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      When I had chemo, they asked if I had a driver. I think they give you more medications to relax you if you have a driver, and I needed all I could get.

      about 7 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar
      MelanieIIB

      I was able to drive myself to and from chemo and radiation. I was on Carboplatin, Taxotere, Herceptin and either Perjeta or a Placebo. I usually started feeling badly 2 nights later. I was also told to take Dexamethasone the day before, day of and day after chemo. They usually give you other meds in the infusion to help your body tolerate the chemo like Benedryl and some sort of anti-nausea meds.

      about 7 years ago
    • ritafaystageIV's Avatar
      ritafaystageIV

      My husband takes me to all my appointments. I am fortunate that I only drove myself a couple of times. It is all too stressful for me. I have to go 100 miles round trip. I do agree with the ladies that are alone, and say you do what you have too. I hope all works well for you.

      about 7 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Different chemotherapies take different amounts of time. Mine typically ranged from 3 to 4 hours for my first two rounds. Now mine last about 5 hours. But I know people who's sessions are shorter and longer so ask your oncologist.

      about 7 years ago
    • carolyn1827's Avatar
      carolyn1827

      Even though I had someone to drive me after chemo. I could have driven myself. I didn't start feeling a little queasy until the second or third day.after cje,p

      about 7 years ago
    • angimary's Avatar
      angimary

      I am driving to chemo & after my sons father gets him to school bus,friend will drop him off place I am getting treatment...hopefuly everything will go well

      about 7 years ago
    • Julie061's Avatar
      Julie061

      My advice is that is a personal decision baseed on how you feel. I drove myself to and from chemo for 3 different rounds. Then during the 4th and now 5th rounds, I find that my concentration levels are down and wouldn't want to take a chance on having an accident. Besides, my wife does all the chemo trip driving, and most of the driving period! It's about 700 miles one way to the cancer center and its hard enough riding, let alone driving!

      about 7 years ago
    • angimary's Avatar
      angimary

      I drove home myself,yeeeeyyy I am so proud :)))
      Thank you all for your help
      XOXOXO

      about 7 years ago

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