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Chemotherapy: FOLFOX

What NOT To Do While On FOLFOX Treatment

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Avoid alcohol, cocaine and other recreational drugs which affect the liver.

  • The liver is already under stress from processing the toxicities from the chemo. 
  • If you don’t eliminate alcohol entirely, it is advisable to at least limit alcohol consumption to only occasionally. For example, a glass of wine every 2 to 3 weeks. 
  • Keep in mind that your liver function will be checked before each infusion. If it is not up to par, the dosage may be reduced, or the infusion may be postponed. An inflamed liver can lead to hepatitis or other serious health conditions.

Do not:

  • Start taking any new medicine (over-the-counter or prescription), herbal remedies, vitamins or dietary supplements without checking first with your doctor.
    • Some of these may interfere with your chemotherapy.
    • Aspirin, NSAIDs (such as Advil or Motrin) and vitamin E can add to bleeding problems. Ask your doctor or nurse what you can take instead.
  • Take any vaccination without checking with your doctor first.
  • Color your hair.
  • Cover your nails with polish that prevents a medical professional from seeing skin color and a nail bed. Your nails will be examined before each infusion as a sign of side effects. If colored polish is important to you, your doctor may permit you to color your nails so long as you leave part of one without colored polish.
  • Touch or ingest a cold beverage or food, or touch anything cold, for a few days starting with infusion. For additional information, see: Sensitivity To Cold

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