• side effects

    Asked by nferro9925 on Saturday, July 19, 2014

    side effects

    Has anyone had any experience with a sour oder after chemo? i am noticing a smell from sweat (I live in AZ) and when I pee. I wash so its not just a dirty odor.

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    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Chemo takes about 48 hours to leave the body. The day of chemo and for two days thereafter I am literally toxic and take extra precautions to protect other people, like flushing the toilet twice (even just for pee). Chemo safety tips here:

      On a few occasions (not frequently and not during my toxic days) I've noticed that my sweat is very acrid during and after my workouts. The last time it happened I wondered where the chemical smell was coming from, before I realized it was me. (Another reason I'm glad I exercise at home.)

      over 6 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      This question was asked a few weeks back and generated a lot of discussion. Search on this topic, perhaps you'll find the question.

      Many people commented that they did feel that they had a different body odor/scent even after washing thoroughly. Another thought that I had (and a few others) was that our sense of smell is also off. I swore I had horrible chemo breath, although my husband kept telling me I didn't. I still don't know what to think because he is the kindest, most wonderful person who would never say anything that would make me self-conscious or hurt my feelings.

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      YES!!!! Chemo secretes from all our body fluids, especially pee, siiava, sweat! That is why you need to be careful about 2nd hand chemo side effects. Flush twice!! Read all the literature about your chemo, ask your oncologist and the chemo nurses questions, contact the drug company as well. If you have small children, don't touch them, no hugs and kisses. Protected sex!!! If you have pets, do not let them lick you or sleep with you! If you sweat on the sheets they will be toxic, No shaing utensils or plates or food. Wash clothes in hot water, rinse 2 or 3 times,......I think that you get the idea, basically you are a walking toxic waste dump while you are going through chemo. Ask your oncologist how long it stays in your body! Most chemos last 2 to 7 days, and that is when you need to be extra careful about contacting others. This is a very strong drug and it usually works great to get rid of cancer but there are cautions involved. Good luck and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • nferro9925's Avatar

      Thanks everyone. Good advice all around. I do push the dogs away when they try to lick me. And I am careful with the cats as well, since they are so small.

      over 6 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      A British friend suggested a lovely body wash that helped me with this issue: Badedas - smells fresh and herbal. Worth a try.

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      This is a weird thing, this smell. It's been 27 years since I had chemo, I had radiation 5.5 years ago for the second time. I have such a terrible smell when I really sweat a lot that I don't want to be around anyone, or maybe they don't want to be around me. It's different than it used to be, but I can't see how it would be affected by chemo 27 years ago. But it's mentioned alot.

      over 6 years ago
    • Donna1943's Avatar

      My urine has a strong odor. My bowel movements also has a very strong smell. I was on Carboplatin and Taxol back in 2012. I am in my second cycle with Gemzar. My urine does not seem as strong smelling.

      over 6 years ago
    • nferro9925's Avatar

      Thats what I am on - the Carboplatin and Taxol.

      over 6 years ago

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