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    Hi there i hope to be starting my 3 * BEP a week on Monday but last night i was having awful ear pain and i woke up full of a cold painful neck glands and pain under my armpits and diarrhea could this possibly delay start of treatment i have a week to try and rid myself of this. Would my immune system all ready be lower just for having cancer inside me

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    Personally, my immune system didn't get low enough to be below the normal range until week 4/5 (then I started to get neupogen shots one weeks 2 and 3 of the each cycle). U should be fine, but of course when dealing with chemo consult your nurses, drs, and chemo consultant (of you have one) about everything.

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      Talk to your dos ASAP. To the best of my knowledge, just having cancer does not lower the immune system, but chemo almost always does. I could be wrong, but starting chemo with symptoms like that sounds like a bad idea to me, especially with the nasty flu strain this year. I would think waiting a week or two for it to pass would be better than knocking the sh!t out of your immune system just when you need it most.

      Dave
      Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
      Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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      • #4
        I was personally coming out of a cold at the beginning of my chemo treatment which meant I was still coughing fairly intensively and blowing my nose frequently and in my case this didn't delay the start of treatment. Definitely tell your doctor.
        2016 Oct. 25: Noticed hard knot on right testicle
        2016 Nov. 7: Right IO. Pathology 100% seminoma, despite slightly elevated AFP, surveillance begins
        2017 Nov.: Recurrence: AFP 1091, HCG ~10, CT scan shows a 53x37mm lymph node
        2017 Dec. - 2018 March: AFP ~1600, 4xBEP, significant reduction in tumor size to 16x14mm, tumormarkers return to normal. During chemo, pathology is reevaluated, finds 98% seminoma, 2% embryonal carcinoma
        2018 August 6: L-RPLND, teratoma only, back to surveillance

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