Can I postpone chemotherapy treatment during the holidays?


Question from Donder: I'm starting chemo in early December, and there is a special Christmas party I love to go to every year. I'm worried that the doctors will insist I get my chemo treatment right before the party. Can I reschedule the chemo treatment if that happens?
Answers - Larissa Korde It's hard to give specific medical advice like that without knowing the specifics of the situation and having met the patient. I recommend discussing this with your physician, tell them your concern, and see whether that can be accommodated. Also, just discuss with the physician what to expect in terms of side effects from chemotherapy so if the treatment can't be rescheduled, you know what to expect.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. You may even want to bring that up now, or sooner rather than later.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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