Does anyone drink alcohol since after their treatment?

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Barb5556
Barb5556 Member Posts: 4

Hi Everyone! I was Barb5454 but my account got messed up and now I have a different user name. Anyway, I'm 1 1/2 years post treatment and cancer free. Sometimes I like a beer or even a glass of rum and coke. Is this wrong? I read on the American Cancer website that alcohol and cause colon cancer. I quit eating meat so I'm a total vegan. So I know that I'm doing that right. Does any drink alcohol since after their treatment?

 

Barb

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  • RoseC
    RoseC Member Posts: 559
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    Yes, I do. I love my beer. My

    Yes, I do. I love my beer. My thoughts are that we need to live our lives and if a beer or a rum and coke now and then makes us happy, we should do it. I don't have any medical knowledge on this, just my opinion. Enjoy your life. Who really knows what causes cancer? I doubt it's the occasional alcoholic drink that does it.

  • Barb5556
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    RoseC said:

    Yes, I do. I love my beer. My

    Yes, I do. I love my beer. My thoughts are that we need to live our lives and if a beer or a rum and coke now and then makes us happy, we should do it. I don't have any medical knowledge on this, just my opinion. Enjoy your life. Who really knows what causes cancer? I doubt it's the occasional alcoholic drink that does it.

    RoseC

    Thank you!! You are awesome!!!

  • mp327
    mp327 Member Posts: 4,440 Member
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    Barb

    I still drink alcohol.  In fact, last evening I enjoyed a glass of red wine and tonight I had a little vodka and cranberry juice.  I asked my oncologist several years ago about alcohol use and his response was "I didn't put you through hell to have you live the rest of your life in a prison cell--moderation in everything." 

  • eihtak
    eihtak Member Posts: 1,473 Member
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    Barb.....

    I have read many articles on both sides of this issue. After my anal cancer treatment I did have an occasional glass of wine just as I did since I was 18yrs old (or maybe younger)......I am now 55. I think that yes alcohol in excess contributes to several different cancers, but so does stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and all the environmental stuff we have been exposed to over time.

    Like everything else moderation is key, and combine that occasional drink with other healthy choices.

    That being said, 2yrs ago I was diagnosed with an estrogen + breast cancer that feeds off of even the tiniest amount of estrogen. I had a double mastectomy. I am now on a med that keeps any cancer cells from binding to estrogen in my body so try not to eat/drink ANYTHING that may contribute to estrogen production. And yes, even after menopause our bodies still have these enzymes/hormones floating around. Since I have also read too many articles stating that alcohol increases estrogen production I do not any longer drink alcohol. Maybe if I did not have the daily visual reminders of what I have lost (aka boobs) I would not be quite so anxious about this. But in my mind, for ME, it would be like mixing gasoline and water.

    Enjoy......and be well!

    katheryn

  • eihtak
    eihtak Member Posts: 1,473 Member
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    mp327 said:

    Barb

    I still drink alcohol.  In fact, last evening I enjoyed a glass of red wine and tonight I had a little vodka and cranberry juice.  I asked my oncologist several years ago about alcohol use and his response was "I didn't put you through hell to have you live the rest of your life in a prison cell--moderation in everything." 

    Martha......

    Mmmmmmm, Martha, Vodka and Cranberry was my "drink of choice" in the summer!Cool

  • TraceyUSA
    TraceyUSA Member Posts: 316
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    Good question

    Prior to treatment, I enjoyed a glass of wine before bed most nights and a few vanilla Stoli's & Cokes on Fri. & Sat. evenings.  I did not have drink my entire treatment and for a good while after.  I really lost the taste for everything during treatment.  My concern is that I was told HPV is also associated with head & neck cancers and I would think alcohol would increase the risk.  I try to limit my alcohol to one night on the weekend and it's usually just a couple of glasses of red wine.  I think everything in moderation is ok.

  • Barb5556
    Barb5556 Member Posts: 4
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    Thank you all!

    Thank you all for your responses. I guess for the first time since being diagnosed cancer free I am relaxing instead of being so worried all the time. However, I do try and take care of myself and yes we can't live in a prison.

  • Barb5556
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    eihtak said:

    Barb.....

    I have read many articles on both sides of this issue. After my anal cancer treatment I did have an occasional glass of wine just as I did since I was 18yrs old (or maybe younger)......I am now 55. I think that yes alcohol in excess contributes to several different cancers, but so does stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and all the environmental stuff we have been exposed to over time.

    Like everything else moderation is key, and combine that occasional drink with other healthy choices.

    That being said, 2yrs ago I was diagnosed with an estrogen + breast cancer that feeds off of even the tiniest amount of estrogen. I had a double mastectomy. I am now on a med that keeps any cancer cells from binding to estrogen in my body so try not to eat/drink ANYTHING that may contribute to estrogen production. And yes, even after menopause our bodies still have these enzymes/hormones floating around. Since I have also read too many articles stating that alcohol increases estrogen production I do not any longer drink alcohol. Maybe if I did not have the daily visual reminders of what I have lost (aka boobs) I would not be quite so anxious about this. But in my mind, for ME, it would be like mixing gasoline and water.

    Enjoy......and be well!

    katheryn

    eihtak

    I would feel the same way as you do and I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that. 

  • jcruz
    jcruz Member Posts: 379 Member
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    drinking

    Yes I do drink in moderation.  Months after my treatment ended I weaned myself off of the oxcycontin that I needed for pain management.  My daughter and her boyfriend came out to visit and we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and ordered the best margaritas on the menu.  We went around the table with toasts and mine was "Hooray I'm drinking now!"

    I've cut back recently to almost no drinking but that's because I'm taking two anti-depressants and even though the psychiatrist said an occasional drink was fine I just want to give the drugs time to work on my brain without the introduction of alcohol.

    Janet

  • AZedj
    AZedj Member Posts: 20 Member
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    jcruz said:

    drinking

    Yes I do drink in moderation.  Months after my treatment ended I weaned myself off of the oxcycontin that I needed for pain management.  My daughter and her boyfriend came out to visit and we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and ordered the best margaritas on the menu.  We went around the table with toasts and mine was "Hooray I'm drinking now!"

    I've cut back recently to almost no drinking but that's because I'm taking two anti-depressants and even though the psychiatrist said an occasional drink was fine I just want to give the drugs time to work on my brain without the introduction of alcohol.

    Janet

    I did not drink alcohol or

    I did not drink alcohol or smoke before being diagnosed and continue to not drink or smoke after treatment. So we can't say that had any hand in my developing any cancer cells. I believe moderation in everything makes for a well balanced life. Cheers!

  • Helen321
    Helen321 Member Posts: 1,459 Member
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    I don't drink and I still had

    I don't drink and I still had a cancer recurrence so enjoy yourself here and there!

  • Clovergirl
    Clovergirl Member Posts: 48
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    Yep, still drink.

    I still enjoy my wine.  lol

  • cap630
    cap630 Member Posts: 151 Member
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    Yes

    I too enjoy a drink now and then.  It makes me happy to kick back and relax.

  • caholz33
    caholz33 Member Posts: 45 Member
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    Alcohol Post Treatment

    Maybe I should be more concerned about my wine intake (1 year post treatment), but I take these studies with a huge grain of salt (also bad for you!).  Also,  I think alcohol frequently gets pegged as a culprit due to behavior clustering.  When I worked as a server during college, it was common knowledge that you'd make more money working the smoking section (back in the day).  Smokers were more likely to order alcohol ($$) and more likely to order a big porterhouse ($$) instead of soup and salad combo.  So when a group of drinkers do worse in a medical study, how do you know that there aren't other behaviors more common in the test group than the control group? 

  • mp327
    mp327 Member Posts: 4,440 Member
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    caholz33 said:

    Alcohol Post Treatment

    Maybe I should be more concerned about my wine intake (1 year post treatment), but I take these studies with a huge grain of salt (also bad for you!).  Also,  I think alcohol frequently gets pegged as a culprit due to behavior clustering.  When I worked as a server during college, it was common knowledge that you'd make more money working the smoking section (back in the day).  Smokers were more likely to order alcohol ($$) and more likely to order a big porterhouse ($$) instead of soup and salad combo.  So when a group of drinkers do worse in a medical study, how do you know that there aren't other behaviors more common in the test group than the control group? 

    caholz33

    I believe those are all very valid points.  I do not think that alcohol, in moderation, is as evil as some studies make it out to be.  I live in the state of Georgia and smoking is allowed in restaurants and/or bars where access is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18, including employees under 18.  While I do still enjoy a couple of drinks a week, I refuse to go into a bar that allows smoking.  I truly believe the 2nd. hand smoke would be much more to my detriment than the small amount of alcohol I consume.  I appreciate your comments very much!

    This is also the reason that we should not look at statistics as the predictor of what will happen to us.  There are too many variables.  We do not know the other health issues that factor into this among the study group--previous cancers, conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and lifestyle, etc.

  • gabby_ca
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    mp327 said:

    caholz33

    I believe those are all very valid points.  I do not think that alcohol, in moderation, is as evil as some studies make it out to be.  I live in the state of Georgia and smoking is allowed in restaurants and/or bars where access is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18, including employees under 18.  While I do still enjoy a couple of drinks a week, I refuse to go into a bar that allows smoking.  I truly believe the 2nd. hand smoke would be much more to my detriment than the small amount of alcohol I consume.  I appreciate your comments very much!

    This is also the reason that we should not look at statistics as the predictor of what will happen to us.  There are too many variables.  We do not know the other health issues that factor into this among the study group--previous cancers, conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and lifestyle, etc.

    Why is it all the things that

    Why is it all the things that we love are bad for us according to the stats?  lol  I love drinking wine and have a few drinks a week whether wine at night while I am online or beer after a long day of work.  I'd rather live my life doing things that are bad than not living my life at all.  :)

  • gabby_ca
    gabby_ca Member Posts: 38
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    mp327 said:

    caholz33

    I believe those are all very valid points.  I do not think that alcohol, in moderation, is as evil as some studies make it out to be.  I live in the state of Georgia and smoking is allowed in restaurants and/or bars where access is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18, including employees under 18.  While I do still enjoy a couple of drinks a week, I refuse to go into a bar that allows smoking.  I truly believe the 2nd. hand smoke would be much more to my detriment than the small amount of alcohol I consume.  I appreciate your comments very much!

    This is also the reason that we should not look at statistics as the predictor of what will happen to us.  There are too many variables.  We do not know the other health issues that factor into this among the study group--previous cancers, conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and lifestyle, etc.

    Why is it all the things that

    double post.  sorry. (no, it was not the wine)

  • qv62
    qv62 Member Posts: 434 Member
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    how soon after treatment ends ?

    Just wondering how far after treatment ended did everyone wait to have a drink ? Since the heat kicked in I have been craving a beer, a cold glass of chardonay, a margarita or a seabreaze, just wondering when I can have it so I can decide which I want lol

  • gabby_ca
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    qv62 said:

    how soon after treatment ends ?

    Just wondering how far after treatment ended did everyone wait to have a drink ? Since the heat kicked in I have been craving a beer, a cold glass of chardonay, a margarita or a seabreaze, just wondering when I can have it so I can decide which I want lol

    I would have a glass of a

    I would have a glass of a nice red before I went to radiation. :)  I found it calmed my nerves.  I never got sick at all from chemo either but I'm irish so that pretty much says it all anyways. :)

  • mp327
    mp327 Member Posts: 4,440 Member
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    qv62 said:

    how soon after treatment ends ?

    Just wondering how far after treatment ended did everyone wait to have a drink ? Since the heat kicked in I have been craving a beer, a cold glass of chardonay, a margarita or a seabreaze, just wondering when I can have it so I can decide which I want lol

    qv62

    It was probably 3 months or so before I had my first drink post-treatment.  And that was only after I had asked my med onc and he told me to go for it!  Like Gabby said, we all must continue to live our lives and enjoy simple pleasures, such as a cold beer on a hot summer day.  I think you'll know when your body can handle a little alcohol.  Moderation is key and I would suggest having that first drink at home to test the waters, so to speak.