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    worried about being around dogs during treatment.

    i have stage 3 rectal cancer. i am starting chemotherapy and radiation in about a week and a half. my mom wants me to live with her during which i don't want to do. particularly because of her dog that is always jumping on me. i'm afraid he'll scratch me accidentally since dogs don't have retractable claws like cats. and you don't want to be scratched is what I've read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theimortal1974 View Post
    i have stage 3 rectal cancer. i am starting chemotherapy and radiation in about a week and a half. my mom wants me to live with her during which i don't want to do. particularly because of her dog that is always jumping on me. i'm afraid he'll scratch me accidentally since dogs don't have retractable claws like cats. and you don't want to be scratched is what I've read.

    I am sorry to hear of your cancer.

    Sure, of course one should stay away from infection during chemo due to the reduced immune system but through the 6 months of my chemo I still carried on riding my horses, mucking them out and generally getting dirty and scratched at the same time. Not to mention falling off them. We also have two dogs although I must say they are trained not to jump up.

    Only you can decide what you are happy with but for me I might decide that on balance I would prefer the support and care of taking up her offer and to see if the jumping up dogs can be got round somehow.

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    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

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    Nick as usual has provided a very apt reply.

    I never Fortunately had chemo following 2 resections let alone being opened up from side to side for the other surgery.
    Yes one has to be somewhat careful, but the surgeries never stopped me from hacking trees and shrubs, scratching or cutting myself and skiing.

    Maybe take the opportunity of being with your mom and yraining the dogs not to jump.
    Quite easy really, outstretched open hand palm down and as you see them about to jump say No rewarded with a dog treat when (not if ) the dogs stay down or tell them to sit or lay down.

    Anyway one can always use Savlon or another anti biological cream if you do het scratched.
    Beiing careful does not mean shut yourself in cacoon.
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    My Scottish Deerhound was the same way, always excited to see me jumping on me. But she could tell something was different that first time I came home with a 'pump purse'.

    If the dog has scratched you in the past, you could try some dog booties? The Pawz brand are like rubber balloons that stretch over the dog's feet. Reusable, and very sturdy.

    Travis

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    I was treated for lymphoma, but during two months of high dose CHOEP-14 induction therapy (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone) i worked 10 hour night shifts as an emergency first responder. This took me to accident scenes, hospitals, jails and private homes. A completely uncontrolled environment. Yet, I suffered no infection of any kind. Your mileage may vary!

    Still, for a comfort level, speak with doctor/nurse about your concerns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by po18guy View Post
    I was treated for lymphoma, but during two months of high dose CHOEP-14 induction therapy (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone) i worked 10 hour night shifts as an emergency first responder. This took me to accident scenes, hospitals, jails and private homes. A completely uncontrolled environment. Yet, I suffered no infection of any kind. Your mileage may vary!

    Still, for a comfort level, speak with doctor/nurse about your concerns.
    Good points, I agree it is best to get this 'stay away from infection' thing into perspective. I also echo your last point though.

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fourlegsgood View Post
    Good points, I agree it is best to get this 'stay away from infection' thing into perspective. I also echo your last point though. Nick
    "Reasonable precautions" should do the trick. I was unreasonable, but still managed to pull it off. I would not advise the same for others.

 

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