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Nasopharynx Cancer

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My father-in-law was diagnosed w/this cancer. He is currently undergoing chemo therapy treatments for the next 3 months. I am wondering if there are any precautions that should be taken while cleaning up after him? I have "heard" that many chemo patients are advised to not sleep next to their spouse until treatments are over and they are also told to flush the toilet several times after they use it. Please advise!!!

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CSN Dana

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I received treatment for the same type of cancer and I was never told anything related to what you've written. I guess that might depend on the chemo-chemicals your father-in-law is receiving and how he responds to the treatment. The only reason that he should not sleep next to his partner is that he will be weak and will easily get a cold or infection. Some chemo medications are toxic, so personal cleanliness is important - therefore the "flushing".

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