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Can alcohol stop Chemo Working ?

Can alcohol stop
Chemo
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See below.: While most chemo drugs are not directly affected by alcohol, certain chemo drugs such as procarbazine, etc may have increased toxicity when alcohol is used. Alcohol can also interfefere premedication, cause dehydration, and decrease liver function essential for drug metabilism and detox. Thus, I generally advise that alcohol be avoided during the chemo except small amount. ...Read more

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Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Yes and no: In general alcohol use is to be discouraged during chemotherapy because it is immune-suppressive. But on a special occasion, an occasional drink is permissible. Do verify with your oncologist and check with him/her before you take my word for it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while also getting chemotherapy?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while also getting chemotherapy?

On rare occasions: Occasionally patients have special occasions, such as weddings or graduations or other important thing. On a limited basis it is not harmful to most patients. In fact, in some parts of europe there is not a great restriction on alcohol consumption. Some chemo drug have different toxicity issues as a result in european studies. The best bet is to discuss the impact with your physician. ...Read more

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Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Yes!: Yes-- alcohol can cause life threatening side effects when combind with chemotherapy and other cancer treatements. Be sure and talk with your doctor to find out when it is safe to resume alcohol consumption, based on your overall health and the timing of your medications. ...Read more

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Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Ye and no: There is no absolute contraindication to some modest alcohol use, yet it is not advisable to drink alcohol if you have cancer being treated with chemotherapy unless you absolutely have to do it. So moderation is the best advice. But if i were you, i would not use alcohol with chemotherapy as it impairs the immune system which you need in order to fight your cancer. ...Read more

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Could I drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Could I drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Wouldn't recommend: it. Alcohol is a carcinogen, and whether it was involved in your cancer or not, you are far better off without it. In addition, it can alter the metabolism of a very large number of drugs, causing them to potentially have either toxic effects, or not work as well. Also, it reduces the ability to fight infection and impairs healing. I strongly urge no regular use of alcohol. Occ. 1 might be ok. ...Read more

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong.  Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy. ...Read more

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Can you die from chemo?

Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read more

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