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Information on chemotherapy for breast cancer - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Thx. My friend's Mother is undergoing her first round of chemo for breast cancer. He is in XXX she is in XXX. Can she /should she have visitors while the chemo is happening? He needs to know whether its best to be there for her or better not..thoughts?XXX
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it
Doctor :   Do you mean to ask if there should be any attendants while she is at hospital?
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   Yes, whether he should fly to be company at her bedside or whether the doctors/nurses would prefer there not to be a relative present?
Doctor :   It is always desirable to have a guardian
Doctor :   along with the patient
Doctor :   or a close relative
Doctor :   as there shall be certain consent forms
Doctor :   decisions to be taken
Doctor :   for those reasons it is recommended
User :   Ahh I think that is what he wanted to know. that it is best to have company, so he should organise to be there. Will she be chatting while it is happening or are the side effects there almost straight away? (nausea)XXX
Doctor :   Not straight away as such
Doctor :   with oral medications, nausea and vomiting is immediate
Doctor :   others if there are any reactions
Doctor :   that shall be managed within the hospital
Doctor :   so in short, there are both immediate and later reactions
User :   This has helped me to advise him. I will pass on the info...thanks a lot.
User :   ByeXXX
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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