• Stupid question?

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Stupid question?

    Hey Y'all!

    What happens if I get a cold on chemo. Guaranteed bad news or not necessarily? I'm so confused. Trying to stay on germ patrol over here, making kids shower and strip every day after school and using lots of hand sanitizer myself....

    Thanks!

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      HMR, I have a cold right now and am on chemo. I am currently upside down, my feet smell and my nose runs. It is not the end of the world or anything like that. If you get a cold, and you probably will get one some thim during chemo, it will likely feel a little worse than a normal cold and it will take longer to get over it. When it happens you should immediately infor your Drs follow thier advice and take it easy to get over it. Remember plenty of fluids and rest. You can probably use the same remedies you normally use for colds but check first. You can use it as an excuse to get breakfast in bed and other perks. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar
      Queen_Tatiana

      My husband (Peroll) is currently on chemo and has a cold. I think he would tell you that the cold is worse with the cancer/chemo, but it does eventually go away. Be sure to let your oncologist know you have a cold and follow any directions he/she gives. My husband is able to take over the counter meds and he has a perscription for cough syrup. Good luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Only your oncologist can make that call. I think a lot depends on if your running a fever. I know I missed two weeks of treatment when I had bronchitis in December, but that was a level or two above a cold

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      I ended up with pneumonia while on chemo. They usually treat these illnesses the same way they would if you weren't on chemo. Be sure to notify your Dr at the first signs of an issue.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Oh, and like SueRae said, sometimes this can delay your treatment

      over 4 years ago
    • Kimi1017's Avatar
      Kimi1017

      Got a cough during chemo but my onco just prescribed regular cough meds. Just try to stay away from crowds a week after chemo. Be extra vigilant.

      over 4 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar
      Gena

      I have had sinus infections all winter while on chemo. For me it was no worse because of the chemo. Oncologist was never concerned about it, so I wasn't either.

      over 4 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar
      Gena

      I have had sinus infections all winter while on chemo. For me it was no worse because of the chemo. Oncologist was never concerned about it, so I wasn't either.

      over 4 years ago
    • goldenlady921's Avatar
      goldenlady921

      I ended up with pneumonia and some lung scarring and had to take steroids for that. I still have a cough that I have been dealing with for a few months. Just make sure to let her Onc know if you get a cold so they can watch it

      over 4 years ago
    • jad's Avatar
      jad

      Happily I never had a cold during my course. My sinuses are normally in rough shape, and were in a little rougher shape during chemo - but I never developed a severe infection with fever, sinus or head pain.

      I did take extra precautions - but never succumbed to the urge to wear a mask when being in crowds. Just couldn't do it.

      Generally I tried to keep out of crowds. No movies (Yaay Netflix); grocery shopping at off hours (usually at at night); when together with family for some special occasions they never got hugs from me - just an explanation that I was being supercautious. No handshakes either.

      My oncologist advised me to be extra cautious at any doctors office, and to speak up if you notice physicians (yes) and medical assistants not washing or gloving. Everyone, whether on chemo or not should do that.

      I know you can't live in a bubble.....but I tried. And I have to say that my blood counts were very good during my course. And I never did get a cold or the flu.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar
      MarnieC

      No question is stupid here, HMR! Looks like you got some good ones. You might check with your doctor if there are any natural supplements you're allowed to take to boost your immunity while you're doing this. I did this, it helped me stay completely well during 6 months of chemo. I've got a page on my site about the ones that help the most: http://marnieclark.com/diet-and-cancer/herbs-to-build-the-immune-system/ Sending hugs from Denver!

      over 4 years ago

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