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by Mikefpt on Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:10 AM
by thebyrdsfriend on Tue Feb 21, 2012 02:58 PM
Your oncologist will be able to answer that question for you. It depends on the chemo. I could drink anything cold with cisplatin and alimta. My friend, with colon cancer (don't know what type of chemo he had) could not drink anything cold. He could drink cold the week before he would start chemo again, however. But, he was advised about all this from his oncologist. The "truth" will be told to you by your oncologist, give them a call, sometime before you start treatment.
by xbarjoe on Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:10 AM
If you are doing FOLFOX more than likely you won't be able to tolerate cold drinks after the 2nd or 3rd round. The oxilaplatin (the O in fox) is responsible for the cold sensitivity. When I was doing FOLFOX I drank room temp liquids and warmed food.
Also, consult the NCCN website for the treatment plan for colon cancer. It has good info on the course of treatments.
Good luck, keep fighting, and God bless,
by slrebs on Thu Feb 23, 2012 03:18 AM
I had six months of folfox and you cannot eat or drink anything cold for several days after the chemo treatment. I would have a few days that I could eat or drink cold things between treatments. I had treatments every two weeks.
by honniebear66 on Thu Feb 23, 2012 04:50 AM
I am currently going through treatment using the Folfox. Oxiplatin is the drug responsible for the cold sensitivity. I have found that the more you get ( the more rounds of chemo) the worse it gets. Make sure you tell your doctor about how long it's lasting. Mine doesn't go away between cycles now. So my doctor is lowering my dosage. So it doesn't leave permanent damage. You will notice that you will be sensitive to cold all over your body. Like when you breath cold air, if you touch something cold. It's the hardest part of chemo for me. It sucks. But the doctors can suggest things to help. Good luck!
by flipflopgal on Wed Apr 25, 2012 05:18 PM
My husband was diagnosed with rectal cancer last June. We have gone through radiation and chemo pills to shrink the tumor and a surgery in November. Thankfully the tumor was completely gone...but it was recommended highly that he go through a course of chemo called folfox. We have 2 more months to go before he is finished. I am wondering the same thing....we cannot find any type of beverage that he can tolerate. What little he can drink, needs to be microwaved until it is lukewarm. Does anyone have any suggestions?? We have tried soda, milk, all types of fruit juices....
by busiwork on Sat Apr 28, 2012 08:23 AM
My Mum has just gone through 4 lots of chemo and for her cold drinks were a big no no.
It wasnt just cold drinks it was everything cold - food, room temperture and weather outside. She said it hurt her thoart and made her feel like she couldnt breath properly when she ate or drank anything too cold or breathed in cold air. She would warm drinks and food slightly including fruit.
If she got cold through room temperature or cold weather outside, apart from her thoart, it made her hands and feet really ache and she got really bad pins and needles.
The good news is that you can avoid all this by not eating and drinking, non room temperature and above things and make sure you are warm indoors and wrap up well when you go out.
Another tip my Mum found useful was given to her by another person having chemo - keep well hydrated before, during and after chemo (not cold drinks - take a flask of tea or coffee with you on intraveinous days) - it helps to stop some of the "sicky" feelings. Ending with a saline bag can help after the intravenous bag/bags have gone through - Mum never felt as queasey when she did that.
I hope this inforation helps you - good luck xx
by Johnr_1 on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:00 AM
I never had a problem with the 35 Chemo's i had with Taxol, Cisplatin, Carbo and Alimta. The main thing is that you are able to get things down and keep weight on. If you start dropping weight you might start blending some ice chips in with your food and make smoothies so the dijestive tract doesn't have to work so hard, because it's getting hit with the chemo drug and gets a bit raw. I never drank really ice cold stuff but on the other hand the cold sort of numbs everything up vs hot stuff that kind of burns, colder is better. Prilosec OTC really helps with Nauesa and settling heartburn. It's allot cheaper in perscription form at Costco. Especially if you use the special Member drug plan that is free, you have to ask the pharmacist for the form. We dropped our insurance drug plan because Costco saved us so much $. It's all here in my personal notes.
I also seemed to do better eating during the Chemo. It just felt better somehow. Like a sandwich and soda.
Please keep writting and we will all support you.
My Best to Your Family
by Bellinghamspenc on Fri May 25, 2012 01:48 AM
I've gone through two sessions of Folfox and I've experienced the cold sensitivity in my throat and lips. Also felt the tip of my nose being tingly the day after my second session.
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