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Kattbird
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   Posted 3/10/2006 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I will ask my Onc when I go next week, but unitl then... does anyone know if you need to limit your sun exposure after doing chemo? My mother....... who may as well be walking around with a banner over her head saying, "my daughter has breast cancer and I need all the info you can give me", said her friend's daughter had it about 5 years ago and she was told for the 1st year not to go in the sun and she would wear big hats to the beach etc. I have a small place near the beach and I can't be going down there and not be able to be in the sun!!
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coopfesta
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   Posted 3/10/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one of those moms too.  Mine looks at me as if I want to die when I have a tan.  "Do you want to die like your father did?"  No dramaramas there.  My dad passed of a melanoma that started in his liver, don't know how that could be, but that's what I remember the docs at Sloan said.  We found out he had cancer and 16 days later he died.  Mom has convinced herself that my tans every summer are going to kill me. 
 
I haven't convinced myself of this.  I had chemo two years ago, and got a tan both years.  I didn't get a bad reaction to the sun (just to mom, lol).  It's probably the same risk that you take chemo or not.  I'm not an expert, though.  Maybe someone else has some info.
 
Don't forget that oldie but goodie...
"We had joy, we had fun, we had chemo in the sun......"
 
Little black humor there.  hope no one gets offended.

 


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

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   Posted 3/10/2006 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure about chemo, but you do need to be careful if you had rads. That area can burn easily and is already damaged.

Remember to use sunscreen too, at least protect yourself from the most damaging rays. I had a friend who died at 37 from melanoma. She had a spot on her back removed and was "cured," until 8 years later when it showed up in her lymph nodes, spleen and brain.

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Kattbird
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   Posted 3/11/2006 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
The rads I had won't effect me. I had the brachytherapy. I've been tanning in a tanning bed through this whole ordeal. I did skip a month at the near the end of my chemo because I would just want to come home and rest from work. I started again last month and have been going twice a week. I enjoy this, it's my little rest and relaxation after work. If I'm going to die from some sort of cancer, let me die fat and tan. :-)

debbiR
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   Posted 3/11/2006 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
"If I'm going to die from some sort of cancer, let me die fat and tan. :-) : Rofl!!!!
 
Kat, I would be careful about being in the sun when it is the hottest. My onco warned me about protecting the arm where the lymph nodes had been removed. Otherwise, she told me to use sunscreen and use common sense.
 
Hugs...Deb
 


Kattbird
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   Posted 3/11/2006 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I do use sunscreen and get under the umbrella too. I just don't want to have to avoid the sun altogether. I love the beach.

Tavish
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   Posted 3/11/2006 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Katt, it sounds as if you have your mind made up, so I'm not sure why you asked for input...but anyway, just use common sense and have fun. I also heard that sun can affect the arm and lead to lymphedema, so again, just use common sense....

Lori


Brnadebt
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   Posted 3/11/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all

My onc told me not to use the tanning bed ever! I have always been one to use the bed to get a start on my tan. I'm going to mexico in May and I don't want to burn so I'm not sure what I will do, probably use the beds again. She did not warn me about the sun but have not really talked about it either. I have always been a sun worshiper until moving to the Seattle area.......not much sun here just grey skies.

Bernadette
 
 


gma
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   Posted 3/16/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think anyone mentioned many medicines say to stay out of the sunlight. I used to be one who lived in the sun, but several meds I take say not to expose yourself to the sun, so I don't go out and stay like I used to. I tan very easily so I do get some tan in the summer, but not because I am sunbathing. Just be careful.

Hugs MK


jaaustin
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   Posted 3/16/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
From another perspective, I run a skin care clinic and I'm continually appalled at the state of the skin of some people who "worship the sun". Now don't get me wrong, I love to be out in it, but have learned to be careful about it. It might look good now, but unless you want to end up looking like a leather saddle I suggest the smart use of sunscreen. We sell tan towels and promote other "self-tanners". They really are good now and look like natural tans. IMHO tanning beds are evil....lol...
Julie
Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas

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