• Too new to know what you can & can't do, do you go outside your cancer doctors if you are running temperature and feel really bad like flu?

    Asked by nanny111512 on Friday, December 28, 2012

    Too new to know what you can & can't do, do you go outside your cancer doctors if you are running temperature and feel really bad like flu?

    I haven't been treated yet just diagnosed liver cancer. Confused on what to do or expect from doctors.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Nanny, I am an oncology/end of life nurse and although after awhile you might go to your internist, because this is new it might be a good idea to contact your oncologist. I don't know what treatments you are on but some drugs in oncology have side effects that mimic the flu. Its best to let your oncologist make the determination of who should treat for this incident. Good luck, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Since you have not yet begun any treatment for your cancer, it obviously is not a side effect of oncology drugs, but most likely is actually the flu. See you primary care physician.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I agree with Nancy - if you haven't been treated for the cancer yet, go to see your primary physician. If necessary, they will refer you to your oncologist. I can relate to feeling really bad. I've got whatever is going around. I feel so wimpy! I hope you feel better and that it is just a cold/flu instead of something to do with your cancer. Best of luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I agree that since you haven't started tx yet, your family dr can probably handle. Bu once you start, you'll want to run everything thru your oncologist. I got ok on both flu & pneumonia shots and even let him know I was going to my eye doc for a routine check up.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      There's a lot of flu going around, so if you feel you have the flu you probably do.

      As a general rule you can do anything you could do before your diagnosis. Ask your oncologist about specific limitations. Most limitations will be as a result of treatment. You will probably need to be careful with colds and flu after treatment because a lot of cancer drugs mess with your immune system.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Hi Nanny,
      Are you wondering what to expect in this alternate reality you have joined us in? Everyone experiences this differently and every day will be a choice on how much energy you have. While in treatment you will probably have a low immune system but we can't go hide in a bubble so we take the precautions we can. Take it one day at a time and find ways to laugh. The worry and stress need to be released. Know that step by step you will get through it and you have found a support network to help. Find a doctor who will listen (I get most from the nurses in the offices) and make sure you have someone with you at appointments to listen and ask questions when your brain is spinning. Take good care of yourself, Tracy

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am in total agreement with carm, you need to montitor you temp - if it goes above 101 - call your oncologist, ASAP. My recent bout of bronchotis was treated primarly by my PCP - but we keept the oncologist in the loop the whole time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      While receiving chemo, I think it was right before my last round. I started to run a fever. I called my Dr and insisted he call me in an antibiotic (which he did). Turns out, I had pneumonia. So glad he listened to me and called in the meds.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Oh, and I say go to your PCP. Especially if you haven't begun treatment yet.

      almost 4 years ago

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