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Excessive alcohol consumption and chemotherapy

CAN YOU TELL ME IF MY MOTHER'S EXCESSIVE DRINKING CAN INTERFERE WITH HER RECOVERY PROCESS, AND/OR REDUCE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY?  My mother has been an alcoholic since I can remember ( I am 40 something now) She drinks daily, at least 4-7 or more beers per day.  She had a rt. ischemic stroke almost 11 years ago, but physically recovered about 95%. No speech or gait problems.  Then she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma about 8 years ago.  She has never stopped drinking, and does not think she has a problem.  She shows signs of Chemobrain too. (just an opinion) She has had severe personality changes since her stroke and has just completed her 3rd round of chemo. She also had radiation on a brain tumor (about 4 years ago) and just finished intense radiation treatments in her left groin for tumors left over after chemo earlier this year.  (approx. 4 mos. ago) THANKS IN ADVANCE, PHUTCH
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Alcohol interferes with some of the chemotherapy drugs but not all of them. It is ok to enjoy a drink once in a while when on chemotherapy as it helps one relax but excessive alcohol will not be a good idea no matter what chemotherapeutic agent one is taking.
I would advise you to discuss this with your mother’s treating doctor as to whether she can have alcohol or none at all.

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Thanks so much for your input! I will definitely discuss this with her oncologist. Phutch
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I am glad you found the input useful. Please keep me posted!
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