• Radiation while sick?

    Asked by bluespark25 on Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Radiation while sick?

    Hi, My father is starting radiation treatment on Tuesday. Unfortunately he picked up a superbug when prepping for the radiation. He's on strong antibiotics, feeling weak, had diarreha...He's almost 80 but in very good health. It seems scary to start radiation when he's recovering from the superbug. Does anyone have any experience with this? Risks? Thank you!!!

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Hi bluespark25,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. I answer questions - usually non medical ones*, provide referrals to doctors, hospitals, institutions, agencies, websites, books, media, etc. I also do research when requested or required. (*Librarians tend to shy away from answering medical questions even if we know the answers because to do so is practicing medicine sans license which, of course, is illegal). I am however, allowed to speak from my own experience as a Cancer patient as well as those of my family and friends (we number too many).

      I think perhaps in this situation that the best thing to do is contact the radiation oncologist asap and advise him of your Dad's condition and let him make him make the call of whether to delay treatment or not based on this "superbug". It just might be that waiting a week till he's over it might make a difference (or not). I'm not an oncologist -I'm a Librarian with a Master's degree...;) that's why I'm suggesting you call her/him.

      I hope your Dad feels better soon from what ails him and hope for the best possible outcome from his radiation treatments, no matter when he starts them.

      If there's anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact me here or email me offsite.

      Best wishes,
      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
    • bluespark25's Avatar
      bluespark25

      Thank you for replying so quickly. The radiation oncologist has been sent all the information, so we are hoping she's read it. The urologist initially told him it would be "several weeks" to recover from the infection, and it would delay the radiation. But they ultimately left it up to the radiation oncologist. The were sent the info Friday, and she wants to schedule radiation for Tuesday. We are just concerned because it's so difficult to get timely information--and hard to reach the doctors. And, I guess because of the urologist's initial take on delaying the procedure. It's difficult to find a second opinion, or even research on such specific "little" questions! Plus, it seems like doctors can get on a track and it's difficult to derail it. The "when you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail" issue!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      I feel for your & can relate a bit. I am facing 4th round of chemo next week after leaving the hospital today after a 4 day stay receiving IV antibiotics for some infection. I got sick when my white blood cell counts dropped to zero after last round of chemo. I'll be on 2 weeks of antibiotics at home but little scared to face chemo again next week. I feel like not much of a chance to recuperate. But, I believe that I can get enough rest by Tuesday & face chemo head-on. Perhaps your dad thinks that about his radiation. And, wont they check your dad's blood count Tuesday prior to radiation? They will check mine and hold off on chemo if blood counts are too low. If they aren't planning on checking his blood counts before radiation, perhaps you can request it. Your dad will be in my prayers, you too.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      I would ask the people at the radiatiojn treatment center to confirm to you and your dad that the Radiation Oncologist has reviewed the information on your dad's infection before he has treatment. Normally radiation does not impact the ability to fight infections the way chemo does but it is best to be sure that the informatuion has been revoewed by the Dr. Good Luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • bluespark25's Avatar
      bluespark25

      Thank you Vjp2012 and Peroll. That's good information to have going into the radiation. You are both in my thoughts and I wish you the best with your treatment.

      over 4 years ago

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