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What are the risks of using sauna by a carcinoid patient?

I am a carcinoid patient, had a small bowell resection 6 years ago and I am being treated with sandostatin lar 20 mg. each month. I am considering purchasing a sauna and would like to know if there are any contraindications with the use of it. Thanks Shawn
Wed, 12 Jun 2019
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Hello,

There are no CONTRAINDICATIONS in terms of sauna usage when taking Sandostatin except to note that anybody on such chemotherapy should be drinking at least SEVERAL QUARTS OF WATER daily just by virtue of being on the medication.

If that same person is going to use a sauna on any given day then, the amount of fluid hydration would likely double or even triple depending on the heat of the sauna, length of time in the unit, etc.

Also, one would want to be careful and go into a sauna in a hypoglycemic state since elevated heat for prolonged periods of time could increase any symptoms you may already have due to low blood sugars.

Be sure to have eaten your normal meals on time before using a sauna. Otherwise, enjoy the room if that's your desire without any worry about your carcinoid condition or the fact that you are on Sandostatin.

Of course, such advice from one on a network of this nature must come with a disclaimer that your PRIMARY TREATING DOCTOR should be the one to have the final say as to whether or not they stand in agreement and you should really be asking them for an opinion on this issue as well.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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What are the risks of using sauna by a carcinoid patient?

Hello, There are no CONTRAINDICATIONS in terms of sauna usage when taking Sandostatin except to note that anybody on such chemotherapy should be drinking at least SEVERAL QUARTS OF WATER daily just by virtue of being on the medication. If that same person is going to use a sauna on any given day then, the amount of fluid hydration would likely double or even triple depending on the heat of the sauna, length of time in the unit, etc. Also, one would want to be careful and go into a sauna in a hypoglycemic state since elevated heat for prolonged periods of time could increase any symptoms you may already have due to low blood sugars. Be sure to have eaten your normal meals on time before using a sauna. Otherwise, enjoy the room if that s your desire without any worry about your carcinoid condition or the fact that you are on Sandostatin. Of course, such advice from one on a network of this nature must come with a disclaimer that your PRIMARY TREATING DOCTOR should be the one to have the final say as to whether or not they stand in agreement and you should really be asking them for an opinion on this issue as well. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist