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Old 12-08-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Chemo Patient on a Cruise


I've just had my mastectomy and will be starting my chemo soon. We are scheduled to go on a cruise in March and I was wondering if any has been on the cruise during their chemo who can tell me how they handled it. As of right now, I don't know my schedule or the drugs I will be taking, although I do have to take perception. I will definitely be talking to my oncologist first, but I was wondering what others' experiences were.


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Hi Julie I am sorry to hear you are going through this- I myself thought I may be in a similar situation, we sail 1/5/13- I was diagnosed 9/11/12-nodes were neg though. My thought was if I needed chemo I probably would have had to cancel because from what I understand it does a number on your white blood cells and to fight infection is tough.I could be wrong things may have changed, ask your onco to be sure.I was thinking crowds prob weren't good and eating out buffets not the best either.

You must be Her 2 positive and need Herceptin it sounds like. I was Her 2 pos too. I was only microinvasion so NCCN recommends only radiation and aromatase inhibitors.

I hope your onco says that the drugs are newer and these concerns no longer apply and you can take your trip.

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My nodes are negative too and I just found out that the tumor was a little smaller than they thought so I shouldn't need radiation--in fact, the surgeon said I should question any oncologist that wants to do radiation.

I was HER2 positive, along with estrogen and progesterone positive. I'm a lucky girl to be that positive!

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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I am also sorry to hear about what you are going through. In May 2007 I was also diagnosed with breast cancer. I has a masectomy and had several lymph nodes taked out on my left side. I started chemo in late June 2007 and in between my first and second treatments I did 3 days in the park a 4 day cruise and the 3 more days in the parks. The only problem I had was I was told I would not lose my hair till after my second treatment but I started to lose it the day before we boarded the ship....If I had to do it again I would not change a thing......Go enjoy yourself.
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I have never gone through it myself, but watched my mom fight her battle.
The first time she did chemo she could have done anything. Her chemo "cocktail" included a steroid which actually had her feeling terrific. No side effects whatsoever other than the hair loss.
The second time she did it about 18 months later she was miserable, tired, and nauseous. She actually also had a cruise planned (NCL) but cancelled it because she knew she wouldn't enjoy it. They lost quite a bit of money because breast cancer was a "pre-existing condition" which was not covered under the trip insurance, and NCL would not allow them to reschedule.
My point is that your experience will differ from someone else's. I sincerely hope that you are able to go and enjoy. I wish you all well!
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Go concierge if you can.... have everything handled for you. You deserve pampering. Best to you.
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I've been there too. Will you be finished Chemo by then? I started mine in Jan and finished in March a few years ago. If you're done and your white cells have come back, I'd say go for it!

But if your still in progress, you'll be pretty susceptible to catching something, and if you do, it can be scary because your immune system may not be able to take care of it.

It also depends on how you handle it. My only side effect was fatigue. One of my friends had every possible side effect!! She never would have been able to handle a cruise. You won't really know until your first round.

Stay strong. Being Triple positive is great!!! Good luck!
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Sending you good thoughts and vibes. My Mom went through chemo in '93 and '01 after lumpectomies. When breast cancer reared it's ugly head again this summer she had a mastectomy. It was a long fall, but she is getting back to her old self.

I agree with what other have said here. Check with your oncologist, and see what he or she thinks of the timing of the trip. I can't think of a better way to recharge after a battle with cancer then a relaxing cruise!
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