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Chemotherapy and cocktails.

11 years 5 months ago #20959 by Leigh
Dear Webs,

During my 4 cycles of Cispl/Gemz I continued to enjoy alcohol on my good days and was just not interested in anything on my yucky days.

My tipple was either wine or beer or the odd gin and tonic with ice and a slice and I had no ill effects.

The thought of having neat spirits may cause a burning sensation if you have a sore throat or sores in your mouth.

As with everything moderation is the key :lol:

Leigh

Leigh, 39
Dx July 2007
TURBT July 2007
RC/Neobladder ,Studer Pouch, September 2007
Erasmus Centrum Rotterdam
TNM Classification: pT4 N2 Mo
4 cycles aduvant chemo Gemzar & Cisplatinum

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11 years 6 months ago #20759 by stacker
Hi
I was told it was ok to have the odd beer during my off weeks, the weeks i had treatment i really didn't feel like having one. All my levels where good at the end of treatment so i guess it was ok.

Dx Nov 07
Turbt Nov 07
RC/Neo-Bladder Dec 07
T3 N1 bladder carcinoma
Feb 08 4 cycles chemo Gemzar&Cisplatinum
May 09 Dx Lymph node enlargement
June 09 10 cycles Radiation
July 09 Mets in Lungs & Lymph node
July 09 started chemo Abraxane (every 3 wks)

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11 years 6 months ago #20746 by Gracie
Webs,

On the fact sheet I received for Gemzar and Carboplatin it states that 'the drinking of alcohol (in small amounts) does not appear to affect the safety or usefulness of gemcitabine (Gemzar)' I know you are on Cisplatin so I can't speak to that.

I haven't tried any alcohol - although I would love to be sipping on a nice glass of wine. I just thought Iwould leave well enough alone....at least for now!

Best,
Gracie

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11 years 6 months ago #20715 by GEO
Take it from one who tried... Don't do the hard stuff. I think that is why the indians called it firewater. The alcohol burnt so bad ice water wouldn't even cool it off!!! Wine didn't work either. I was able to do a couple of beers though. I really wouldn't try it if I were you...

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11 years 6 months ago #20712 by Webs
Hey everybody,

I'm trying to get to the bottom of this. Is there a specific reason that the doctor says no drinking during chemo? I remember reading something that says chemo is less affective if you drink, but does this include the occasional cocktail? I know it's not earth shattering just curious.:kiss:

Webs

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