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Topic: Anyone had a cold during chemo?

Forum: Help Me Get Through Treatment — Medications and other treatments, medical benefits, and managing side effects.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2008 10:27AM

4thefather wrote:

I caught my children's cold. I was so careful, made everyone wash their hands, washed mine a lot, made them not get in my face, no kissing or hugging for a few days. Yet I still caught it. I am halfway through my chemo, had my 4th dose of Taxol on Tuesday.  I don't want to delay my treatments, I want to go straight through and get them done. Have any of you caught colds during chemo? Did you feel even worse than with a normal cold? Did you have to delay treatment? Did you take anything to get better or relieve symptoms?


Dx 5/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 11, 2008 12:12PM Bugs wrote:


I caught a whopper half way through my treatment.  It did hang on a bit longer...but nothing out of the ordinary.  No delay in treatment at all.

Feel better!


Dx 2/1/2006, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2008 12:58PM RIV54 wrote:

I had a mild cold during chemo. Its also a good idea to get as much rest as possible and chicken soup really does help. Check with your dr about what else you can take to relieve symptoms.

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Sep 11, 2008 05:26PM lisa39 wrote:

I caught several colds from my kids during chemo.  It was during the winter, so cold season was in full swing.  I found they lasted longer and the symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, general malaise) were noticeably worse.  I was on a once every 3rd week chemo schedule, so I never had to delay treatment.  Try lots of fluids and as much sleep as you can get to try and shake it.


Lisa Dx 11/29/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Sep 11, 2008 05:32PM mommy3abm wrote:

I caught one too, just last week.  I didn't notice a difference in how it affected me though.  I know that is unusual.  I did call my onco nurse and she said to make sure I took my temp at least 3 times a day.  If it was over 100.5 I should call them right away.  Hope this helps!

neoadjavant chemo. TAC x4, lumpectomy, rads, tamoxifen, BRAC1/2 neg Dx 7/15/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 12, 2008 09:36AM 4thefather wrote:

I did take my temp quite often, and it got to 100.2, but then went back down. I have hot flashes from chemopause and now cold chills from this virus. How fun!! I did not sleep well at all last night and I have to pick up my son at noon, so I don't know how much rest I will get today. I do want to get over this as soon as possible because it is miserable enough going through the side effects of chemo. It sucks even more to add the symptoms of a cold on top of it. Thanks everyone!


Dx 5/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 12, 2008 09:45AM candie1971 wrote:

Hi Cathie,

I started chemo with a cold....I thought they were gonna postpone but they didn't. Then had another one towards the end of treatment. But I couldn't tell whether I felt crappy just from the chemo or combo of chemo/cold. I figured if I was gonna feel crappy anyway...might as well be crappy all at once. Best wishes.

Hugs and prayers,


Good friends are like stars....you don't always see them but you know they are always there. Dx 5/26/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 12, 2008 09:49AM 4thefather wrote:

 I hear ya there. I guess the hardest part for me right now is not sleeping night after night after night. I want to sleep!!


Dx 5/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 12, 2008 09:56AM wishiwere wrote:

I ended up with tonsilitus twice during A/C.  After the 2nd and 3rd if I remember rigth. My pcp put me on antibiotics, just as a precaution and I had no delay in tx.

wishiwere~ Path read stage 1C- 1st Primary was IDC w/DCIS 1.4 cm, ER/PR+ & HER2- Dx 9/21/2007, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 12, 2008 09:55PM vhqh wrote:

I was on a 3 week cycle and came down with a flu bug about 5 days after my second chemo.  I called the onc at about 11:00 at night when my temperature spiked up, he had be go in the next day to have my blood counts checked.  Counts were still good so I was sent up to see my PCP who did a strep test that came back negative.  PCP prescribed antibiotics and a mouth swizzle for the severe sore throat.  I felt horrid for about a week but was well enough to get round 3 right on schedule.

IDC, er+/pr +, her2 +++, stage IV
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Sep 12, 2008 10:01PM Kinclan wrote:

I got a cold from this sick man in the oncologists office!  He was coughing all over and I wound up having him sitting 2 seats away from me.  I called my onc office and they put me on an antibiotic.

I also had a flu bug during it and my expander got infected which was like BAD flu symtoms and that put me in hospital for 2 full weeks.

Oh well the Lord helps us be strong.  God Bless

Dx 1/5/2007, 3cm, Stage IIA, 2/19 nodes, ER+
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Oct 20, 2008 08:06PM Joe13 wrote:

I caught a cold under chemo but the remedy to that is to wear a very thick wool scarf around your neck all day n especially atnight to sweat the cold out of ur body , drink a lot of tea with honey, n eat oranges n kiwi.

don't take vitamines C cause they say it interfers with chemo drugs by making them less powerful.

just get ur vitamines from fruits.

Lots of love!

Dx 4/11/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 25, 2012 08:23AM CelineFlower wrote:

i think im getting a cold...

i cant take honey, seems its dangerous as its unpasturized...

taking vit d and water.,..

i feelso tired

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~Dr. Seuss Dx 8/31/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/17/2012, LCIS
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Nov 3, 2012 09:47PM emerald0320 wrote:

I see you had taxol in your treatment and I want to ask you how you got through it? I just had my first dose of taxol out of 4 and its pretty painful. So what helped you?

emerald0320 Chemotherapy 8/28/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 5, 2012 10:12AM 4thefather wrote:

I was honestly very sick with my first treatments and was in bed most of the two weeks. I am now 4-1/2 years out and doing very well! I will pray for comfort for you as you go through treatments and for healing!

Dx 5/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 9/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 7, 2013 06:58PM Z28Femme wrote:

I seem to have caught a cold or the flu. Symptoms started about 5 days ago, but I was associating them with allergies! Now I have a fever of 100.5, severe body aches, sore throat with nose bleeds. I'm not sure if my last Taxol treatment on April 4th is to blame for some of those symptoms. It kind of kicked into high gear yesterday morning with the achiness and severe congestion. Fever went up a bit today but my hubby called the onc and they didn't seem too concerned as my blood work is looking okay at the moment. Any advice for the aches?!

Initial Stage IV diagnosis, mets to spine, chest wall, liver..Live for today, as we do not know what tomorrow may bring! ~Bethany www.caringbridge.org/visit/bet... Dx 2/1/2013, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 3/7/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/7/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/18/2013 Lymph nodes, Bone Chemotherapy 9/25/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Apr 7, 2013 07:01PM Timbuktu wrote:

I caught a cold from another passenger on a plane.  My husband had it for two days.  I had it for over 2 weeks.  i wasn't sure I would be ok for the infusion, which was given every 3 weeks.  But I did make it, just in the nick of time.

Dx 7/9/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 7, 2013 07:13PM Denise-G wrote:

I got a cold during Chemo, but my Nurse Practitioner made me come in and see her

before Chemo to make sure I was okay.  I was able to proceed because she thought

I looked good!  LOL!

www.denise4health.info my BC Blog with over 175 informative posts - stop by and say hello! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/27/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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