• Travel during chemo?

    Asked by Loafer on Friday, November 9, 2012

    Travel during chemo?

    Have been thru 1st chemo treatment with minimal side effects. Have a business trip scheduled to Florida 1 1/2 weeks after second treatment. Has anyone else traveled? Is this advisable?

    24 Answers from the Community

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    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      Well, that depends. If you have a bad reaction you might not be up to it. Your first treatment is a good indication of what your second will be like, but things might go harder for you. The real question has to do with what your chemo is doing to your immune system. You might be more subject to colds and the flu. Certainly I'd talk to the doctor and see what he says.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I am have traveled throughout my chemo treatments. I checked with my oncologist fist to make sure it's ok. In fact I left for a mini vacation /retreat right after my infusion yesterday (last one of this cycle) and am now at Krialau (an wonderful yoga and health center) in the Berkshires right down the road from Tangelwood.

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      I wanted to travel between my 2nd and 3rd cycle. MD put a stop to it because of the bone marrow suppression that seemed to be, happening (and did).
      Hope you are able to make your trip. I did figure out what hospital to use if I needed trouble while traveling, and carried a basic summary of condition and treatment.
      I now travel but always let one person know where in my purse to find my med list - just in case.

      over 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      I should have added: I traveled to Japan a few weeks--less than a month--after my final round of chemo. It was the final round because I had a huge reaction. My doctor knew about the trip because I had told him from the beginning that if it was a choice between chemo and Japan--Japan won.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My chemo side effects were very predictable both in what they were, when they started and how long they lasted for each chemo cycle. I did some traveling during chemo and had no issues because of it.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I did not travel at all during chemo.....I hope you get the answers you need!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Travel can be good for your emotional state during chemo; however, as other s have said you need to consult your Drs first. On break from my first round of chemo my wife and I went to Disneyland. It might not have been the best choice but we made it work. During the second round we too a cruise, which turned out to be an exelent choice as you can do as much or as little as you want and I even mannaged to gain weight which pleased my Dr. Have fun on the trip!

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      my docs wanted to know about all trips and rejected one trip because i doubted i'd have ready access to medical care should i have spiked a fever or something like that.

      then, my immune system started tanking, and travel just looked like a bad idea. i started traveling again pretty soon after my last treatment.

      so.. my advise is to talk to your docs. if you're tolerating things pretty well, then you should have few problems. a big key is to be able to get to an er should you spike a fever...

      hope that helps. and good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar
      Modern

      I left for a 13 hour trip to a national competition an hour after my 7th chemo and was gone for a week and the only problem I had was tiredness so ifu feel up to it go for it

      over 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar
      Loafer

      Thanks everyone! Appreciate all of your advice on this topic. This is a business trip, and I'll be expected to be on my game, so I'm hoping the timing between treatments is good. I'm a week out now and only have some fatigue ( so I go to bed early) and weird taste buds. Just a little inconvenience. Hugs to you all - for your support and positive outlook - very inspiring!

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      I did travel from Florida to my home town in Indiana. I did fine. Remember that it is more humid here. Even though there is a breeze that can fool you, it is more humid here than it is north. I could tell most in my neuropathy. It's worse here than in Indiana. There are also some good doctors here if you run into trouble. I don't think you will have a problem.

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      Also, I should have said: take a face mask (from the doctor's office or hospital, they gave me two to take). If anyone on the plane is coughing or seem to be sick, wear it. Your white count may be down after your second or third treatment and you don't want to take a chance of getting sick. Planes are so closed in.

      over 4 years ago
    • Elle's Avatar
      Elle

      Something else to be prepared for: depending on the type of chemo you're taking, your hair may begin to fall out. Typically it starts around the third week following the first chemo treatment, which sounds like will be during your trip. Once mine started coming out, it was all gone in three days!

      over 4 years ago
    • Jfire's Avatar
      Jfire

      I had to fly cross country after my third round of chemo and my doctor wasn't thrilled about it but we checked my numbers and he gave me an extra shot of nupogen. I was very cautious about touching things and stayed away from the crowded areas at the airport, as much as I could. I also contacted the airline and explained my situation and was offered a first class ticket at a much lower upgrade price!

      over 4 years ago
    • Jfire's Avatar
      Jfire

      I had to travel across country after my third round of chemo and although my doctor wasn't thrilled about it we check my numbers and he gave me an extra nupogen shot to boost my immune system. At the airport I tried to avoid the crowds, stayed away from the food court areas, and avoided areas with children running around. I washed my hads excessively and used hand sanitizer a lot! Also, I contacted the airline and explained my situation and was offered a first class upgrade for a minimal fee! I did arrange the trip during the week before my next round, whichever doctors always called my food week! I would definitely talk with your doctor and come up with a plan!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar
      blondie

      If you travel make sure you take your medications. Have the oncologist give you the name of the local cancer hospital/specialist.

      over 4 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar
      Crash

      Yeah, I took my prescriptions with me when I traveled. It worked well. People are usually surprised when you show up, but on the other hand, you get to see how the procedure is handled in other places. I almost drove off w/o my scripts once.
      Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      You can also buy a personal HEPA filter which you can wear around your neck during a flight. Bless you because I would not have been able to do what you intend when I was undergoing treatment.

      N-95 mask (check), hand sanitizer (check), HEPA filter (check), emergency contact (check), doctor's OK (check), emergency contact from doctor (check), personal blender for fresh smoothies (check) or location of a juice bar ... I admire your readiness.

      Be safe.

      over 4 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar
      Shoeless

      It depends on how you feel. I traveled during my chemo, but there were times
      I didn't feel up to it.

      over 4 years ago
    • siobain's Avatar
      siobain

      My husband will be having his 2nd chemo treatment on Tues. Nov. 13th and the Dr.. already told us that if all goes well and if he responds to the treatment as well as he did the first time that there should be no problem with us driving to Fl. We are planning to leave 3 or 4 days after his chemo. We are going to take our time. He has stage IV lung cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      Never mind how you feel, please be aware if germs! You have almost no ability to fight off infection during chemo. My oncologist made me stay in because it was flu season. I didn't even see my grandkids for the holidays just to be safe. If you do go out, you need a face mask and hand sanitizer. Better check with your doctor. This is very serious. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • sunne's Avatar
      sunne

      i traveled during treatment, doctor advised a sleeve for the arm on the affected side, he wrote a prescription for it, had no problems flying.

      over 4 years ago
    • pll's Avatar
      pll

      Yes, I traveled about 1/2 way through my chemo. However, I cleared it with my doctor first. Also, depending on the lymph node situation (removed?), you may want/need to wear a compression sleeve to avoid setting off a lymphedema issue. The changes in the cabin pressure can cause problems if some lymph nodes were removed if there was surgery.

      over 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar
      Loafer

      Thanks everyone! Great suggestions and feedback! Just got cleared from my Onc to travel. Booking my trip...

      over 4 years ago

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