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My oncology nurse told me I shouldn't kiss my husband for 3 days following my chemo. Is this normal?

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Stage 1 Patient over 6 years
  • Christina Archambault Profile
    Stage 2B Patient
    I was told the same thing ! Also to close the toilet seat when flushing . It is because they have no positive facts yet but they think our chemo can go into some one else by kissing or if someone wAs to sit on our pee. Also use a condom of your having sex within 3 days of chemo .
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    Survivor since 2012
    I'm not familiar with this, but it's probably not a bad idea. "Swapping spit" can subject you to possible infection, and your white blood cell count drops after chemo. So kiss him/her on the cheek and wait the three days, would be my suggestion!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    Survivor since 2011
    I've never heard this. But white cell count goes Down each day and day 7 it's the lowest. So I would think it would be then. Maybe ask another nurse, maybe the infusion nurse. or the doctor.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Linda Burke Profile
    Stage 1 Patient
    My oncology nurse said the same thing, although she put it in the context that my spouse would not want to get any toxins transferred to him via saliva from me....Not that I would catch something from him. I mentioned to him that although I won't begin chemo until this Thursday, from what I've read, I don't foresee that day through the weekend to be a huge kiss fest regardless!!!! Hahaha
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    Survivor since 2011
    Kissing my husband never hurt. A hug and a kiss was my best medicine to get though chemo.
    over 6 years Flag
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