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Re: Swine Flu. Re-starting chemo today for breast cancer. Will taking normal precautions protect me? How at risk am I?

By April 30, 2009 - 12:51pm
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Hi Terri,
I was wondering about this too. I just had a chemo treatment on Thursday,
April 30th and have been having some flu like symptoms.....coughing, which I did before I heard of swine flu, as well as some more mucus than I normally have. I also have a mild sore throat and am tired.....probably related to chemo more than the flu.
Just keep in touch with your doctors and let them address any concerns you have. If the flu hasn't affected anyone in your area, I think things are going to be okay for you.
Be strong and "hang in there."
Bless you.


May 3, 2009 - 4:59pm

Hi, Terri:

I can certainly understand any anxiety you may be feeling at this time. Because this new virus has been declared a national health emergency, I'm sure your doctors and hospital will take every precaution to keep you as safe as possible.

All the best to you, and when you feel up to it, please let us know how you're doing.

April 30, 2009 - 5:19pm

Hi Terri,

The American Cancer Society has some great information on How Will Chemo Affect My Blood Cell Count? and Can I be around my friends and family?, and they do suggest to take normal precautions to avoid infections and to avoid contagions like the flu virus. Normal precautions include washing your hands throughout the day, asking people around you to do the same, avoiding people who are obviously sick.

From another recent post about swine flu, it does not sound like the CDC is recommending any further precautions as preventative measures for the swine flu for most individuals.

However, I think this is an important question for your doctor, and not just about swine flu, but any viruses that may be circulating in your area.

Where are you receiving your chemo treatments? At home, hospital or doctor's office?

Do you know how often your doctor will be testing your CBC counts? As you know, they can get a picture of your white blood cell count and help your body fight off infections if needed.

You said you are re-starting chemo TODAY?! How are you feeling? I hope everything goes well, and that you only need a brief treatment!

April 30, 2009 - 2:23pm
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