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Topic: Avastin/xeloda and flying

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Posted on: Jul 30, 2007 03:22PM

zarowny9 wrote:

Hi all,just wondering what the rules are for flying while on these drugs.Any advice would be great...thanks, Dawn

dx in 05 at age 29 with stage 2 grade 3 triple neg braca 1 pos bc...mets in Jan 07 to supraclavicular nodes
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Jul 30, 2007 05:14PM JeanOneal wrote:

I am not on Avastin but have been on Xeloda for months now. Have flown quite a few times and no problem

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Jul 30, 2007 06:31PM PineHouse wrote:

I don't know this for sure, but I don't there is anything bad with flying other than:
- If your WBC is low, you'll need to be careful in a crowded place, you're more susceptible to getting infection.
- If your Hemoglobin is low, you also need to watch out. They usually reduce the amount of oxygen in a pressurized airline cabin, and you are already having low oxygen getting into your brain if you have low Hb.

I did fly when my Hb fell out the normal range, and I actually didn't feel dizzy or short of breath at all.

You may check with your doctor. My suggestion is to type up a medical info (your treatment protocol, your last date of treatment prior to flying, your latest blood work, doctor's phone number, etc.) and carry with you on the plane along with your ID etc. If you're traveling with someone, tell them you have such info or just give them a copy.

Happy flying!
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