• Sore throat

    Asked by JeanB on Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Sore throat

    Next week I go in for my second chemo session. I am on Cisplatin, and Doxorubicin. Yesterday, when I went to have my blood work done I told the nurse that I have a severe sore throat. No one even took my temp. An hour after I got home, I got a phone call from the treatment center and they said my white count is a third what it is supposed to be, and to take my temp and let them know of anything new. Isn't that what I tried to do when I was there??? So now I have to take Ciprofloxin twice a day. I have to stay home and if I go out I have to wear a mask. They never said how this could effect my ability to get chemo session number 2 next week. So now what??

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      Well they are hoping the Cipro will knock it out..They didn't need to take your temp because they were checking the blood cells anyway. Stay home and rest and have someone use hydrogen peroxide and wash off all of your door handles and light switches and fridge door and other handles you use often..These are the big germ carries and make sure that hand sanitizer becomes your new friend.

      Also no going to large group areas like the wallmart or church.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      JeanB sorry you are in this system. You have to ask questions and demand answers. I started out in Twin Falls. It is the same here The nurse should have told you that the sore throat was probably due the the low blood count. You should at least have seen a PA. I have a great relationship with my Dr's PA. I trust her more than I do my Dr.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Sounds like your treatment center missed a beat when you went in for your blood work. Speak with your oncologist about this. They should have looked at your throat and taken your temp when you mentioned the issue to them.

      As long as your white blood count is low and/or you have infection, your treatment will be postponed. Wearing a mask is standard procedure in cases like yours. The antibiotic should get rid of the infection - with any luck this will all clear up soon and you will be back on treatment. They may have you take Nupergeon or Nulesta, two drugs that help the body produce white blood cells, after treatment going forward.

      over 3 years ago
    • carolynm's Avatar

      I caught a cold while I was getting chemo. I stayed in, warm and got plenty of rest. My chemo was every 3 weeks. The cold went away fast and was over 4 days before my next treatment. They postponed 1 week to be sure I would not expose anyone else. To them it was not a big deal postponing my treatment one week.

      over 3 years ago

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