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    lucifee83 asked a questionNon-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

    why no alcohol?

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      AmandaH

      Did you ask your oncologist? Mine allows the occasional glass of wine.

      over 4 years ago
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      CarolLHRN

      I was able to drink while on chemo until my platelets took a nose dive. Alcohol has an impact on platelet production and since they were already low, they didn't want anything to interfere.

      over 4 years ago
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      ScrapbookerKay

      I was told the liver would be over worked. But I was also told not to drink because of the steroids. I didn't drink at all during treatment and handled the chemo very well (according to the nurse). I also had a dietician tell me to eat high protein and carbs the 2 days before chemo. Great reason for steak and baked potato.

      about 4 years ago
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    lucifee83 asked a questionNon-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)

    Is chemo working?

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      Moonflay

      Since my infected lymph nodes were easily seen/felt I was able to see and feel a dramatic difference in their size after the initial chemo treatment. My onc plans on doing a PET scan after the 3rd or 4th treatment to determine if he wants to do the full 8 treatments originally prescribed. I won't know till the PET scan just how much the shrinkage is due to a reduction in cancer activity but I feel like this is eradicating the nasty little buggars and plan on a full remission quickly!!

      over 4 years ago
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      ScrapbookerKay

      My dr did a PET scan after I was diagnosed and the again after the 4th treatment (half way). It proved they were smaller or no longer showing up. I was stage III, so lymphnodes all over were effected. I have been in remission 3 years. He did a CT scan every 6 months, now that I hit 3 years, I get to go to annual CT scans. I'm glad they're less often, I hate drinking the stuff and the IV, but it also makes me nervous. What if it comes back and I didn't know it for a year?

      about 4 years ago
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      tnoel68

      My son's doctor would do a PET scan after each round of chemo he received. If the mass, in my son's case, showed significant shrinkage, then the chemo was working, if it didn't show a significant decrease in the mass then not working. However, in my son's case, none of the chemo to date has worked for him. Also, after two rounds your doctor may check to see if it is working.

      over 3 years ago