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alwaysforhim
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Good Morning all. My husband is out of treatment now for stage IV neck cancer. His last radiation treatment was 3 weeks ago, last chemo same time. Yesterday he started running a fever of 100.8. I know during treatment we were told to notify the oncologist anytime his temperature went over 100. Spouse did not want me to call, saying it isn't a big deal. To me it is. Is it common to run a fever after treatment? I have been reading this forum since his treatment began, and found it quite helpful. In fact, information I have read has been more accurate then what the docs told us to expect. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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Skiffin16
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I would say that if he still is running a fever, that it never hurts to get checked out. He quite possible has an infection or something going on.

At minimal call in, they might just have him take a Tylenol or similar first.

Stay proactive.

Best,
John

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johnlax38
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I would not say it's normal to run a fever but its normal for the inflammatory system to flair up because of radiation and chemo. This causes fever like symptoms where your head will feel very hot and temperatures will rise. My oncologist said this is to be expected for a while, I haven't had radiation for almost 8 weeks now and I flair up every night. Its not a bad fever but my face gets hot, my neck and my head. Children's Tylenol can help calm it down quite fast if it gets to be a pain to deal with. I would check with the doc to see how long this is to be expected. I was told not to worry unless fever hit 101.0+.

Hope all goes well :)

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RushFan
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I had a sinus infection about three weeks post treatment...that I put off for one week. Bad move. I finally called, got some anitbiotics and cleared it up, but not before losing a week of recovery...that thing really set me back.

Hope all goes well.
Chuck.

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Scambuster
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I had nasty hot and cold flushes post treatment but I really think it was caused by withdrawal from the pain meds I had been on as I was on Morphine for quite a while.

Saying that, I would definitely get him to see the Doctor as the possible causes of fever are many. He is in a weak condition after the brutal treatment so is susceptible to infections.

Regds
Scam

alwaysforhim
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I do appreciate everyone's input on this. You are right, the treatment was brutal and I have become a little (okay alot) protective. He is going in for a catscan at the cancer center where he received treatment today, and I might just hint to the nurse he is running a fever :)

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Hal61
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That's a mighty cute girl you've got there Scam, but that kitty on your left looks might it get a little large from the paw size.

Hal

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Hondo
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I too agree, it don’t hurt to call, sometimes it is nothing and sometimes it is infection. You must remember his immune system is still weak from all the treatment.

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dennis318
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I finally got the new pic up Hondo, Hard to believe the guy you saw in the kahkee attire last fall was me, Here I am with my Son, on the right in the orange, this is what my cancer did to me, I have gained 18 lbs, and hope that trach comes out Monday, thats whats behind the hankerchief, what cancer can do in less than 8 months is a living hell...Dennis

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Kent Cass
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U of Iowa regards 101 as breakpoint- anything less, ho-hum, but any kinda sustained 101- notify the Drs. immediately, or get to an ER. 101+ means the fights gotten a bit too much, in the eyes of Iowa City, and has gone from typical to serious business. That is the standard.

kcass

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Hondo
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You look really good my friend, gained 18 lbs that is great news

alwaysforhim
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Thank you all for your helpful comments. He did have an infection. I am so glad we didn't sit on this.

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Skiffin16
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Glad that you got involved and stayed on it...

Now ou can smack him one on the back of the head and say "I told you so...". LOL, we guys sometimes need a little positive reinforcement.

Best,
John

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