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    Deodorant usage durning chemo

    Hi, I'm new here.
    my name is Dafna, i'm 22 years old and I've diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma nodular sclerosis back in November. I had a 10cm lump in my chest. also, after the PET CT, besides the lump in the chest, they found another tiny one (which was ignored) in my right arm pit.
    I've already had 4 treatments - ABVD.

    since I started the treatment, I've decreased the usage of deodorant, just because I didn't go out of the house so much, I didn't think at all about the fact that this could be dangerous or something. after all the doctor didn't say I must discontinue using deodorant(before starting treatments). but few days ago, after I finished bathing, I put on the right arm pit the deodorant stick, and it really hurt, just by putting it. I didn't push or something. since I've never had this pain before, and having the knowledge I have a tiny thing there, I panicked a little.
    I told this to the doctor, so he gave an explanation, but didn't say to stop using deodorant.

    so anyway, do you think it's dangerous using deodorant during chemo?

    thanks in advance

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    Administrator Top User Kermica's Avatar
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    Hi Dafna nd welcome to the Forums though I am sorry you had to find your way here. I don't think there is a danger in using deoderant (at least I've never seen a reference to it). If you are concerned you could consider switching to a no dye, no scent, hypoallergenic type of deoderant if you aren't alreaky using one. I am sure that there are many choices and know that Almay markets one like that here in the States.

    Good luck with the rest of your treatments and feel free to post your story as you go along.

    Good health,

    When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
    ~Author Unknown

    Age 66
    Follicular lymphoma diagnosed August 08, Stage 1
    2 cycles (20 treatments each) localized radiation to tumor sites. Remission confirmed July 09
    Restaged to Stage 3 May 2010
    Recurrence confirmed May 2010 - Watch and Wait commenced - multiple scans with minimal progression.
    Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnosed September 2012. Mohs surgical excision 09/2012. Successful, clean edges all around.
    Significant progression detected in PET scan - December 2012
    Biopsy to check for transformation 1/18/2013 - negative for that but full of lymphoma, of course.
    July 2013 - Rescan due to progression shows one tumor (among many) very suspect for transformation, another biopsy 8/12/13.
    August 2013 - No evidence of transformation, 6 courses of B+R commence 8/29 due to "extensive, systemic disease".
    February 2014 - Diagnostic PET scan states: Negative PET scan. Previous noted hypermetabolic cervical, axillary, iliac and inguinal lymphadenopathy has resolved. Doctor confirms full remission.
    June 2014 - started 2 year maintenance Rituxan, 1 infusion every 3 months. Doctor confirms lump under right arm are "suspicious" for recurrent disease, deferring scans for now.
    February 2015 - Doc and I agreed to stop R maintenance as it is depressing my immune system too much.
    June 2015 - Confirm that the beast is back by physical exam, will scan in August after esophageal issues settle down so we can get a clear view.
    August 2015 - physical exam in error, PET/CT shows no evidence of disease. Remission continues well into second year!
    December 2015 - Cardiologist tells me I have plaque buildup growing at an alarming rate. Stent or bypass down the road but not yet...
    March 2016 - new tumor below the jaw so remission is over. Back to active surveillance until treatment is needed.
    June 2016 - C/T scan indicates presence of multiple lesions in iliac chain.
    August 2016 - PET/CT shows multiple areas of lymphoma as expected plus new areas of concern in bowel.
    January 2017 - C/T scan shows significant progression in cervical and inguinal lymph chains, largest tumor is impacting hearing, measures 2.1x4.6 cm. 4 to 8 cycles of R-CVP, 1x3weeks to commence 2/6/17.
    April 2017 - Mid treatment scan shows about 1/3 reduction in multiple tumors. Also shows abdominal aortic aneurysm with peripheral thrombus. Cardiologist changed meds, spoke of need for surgical repair down the road.
    September 2017 - finished 10 rounds of R-CP, V was stopped due to neuropathy in feet. No further treatment planned at this time, at least 10 tumors can be felt which seem to be growing again.

    December 2017 - Biopsy of external iliax node with SUV of 13.1 shows no transformation! However, the FL grade is now 3A instead of Gr 1-2. Will start indefinite protocol using Copanlisib, one of the new targeted therapies. I remain hopeful.

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    thank you for the quick response

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    The deodorant causing cancer story makes it's rounds every so often, it has been debunked

    Chicago 54 years old
    LPL/Waldenstroms indolent nhl, dix Friday the 13th 5/13/11
    R-CVP, 5/23/11 6 cycles, 12/20/11 PR, w&w for now


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