- November 22, 2021 at 1:57 pm
I have not had any alcohol since starting immunotherapy in May, but am going to dinner tonight with my husband to celebrate our anniversary and am considering having one glass of red wine. My oncologist said a glass of wine is okay but for some reason I’m still hesitant to drink it. Anyone have an occasional glass of wine while on treatment?
soonerjenn14ParticipantI also asked my oncologist about this – he told me the same, alcohol in moderation. I personally have had a glass (or two) of wine while on immunotherapy and had no issues. Drink a lot of water before and after. Others may say different but I say a special occasion deserves some enjoyment! Quality of life…we have to live for our special moments while battling this disease! Of course, we all respond differently so take my experience as you wish and do what you think is best.
- November 22, 2021 at 4:13 pm
Whatever you choose, happy anniversary to you and your husband!
All the best,
KAFParticipantHeck yeah. I have a drink once or twice a week. I have had over 2 years of treatment and I wouldn’t have made it through if I couldn’t go out with friends and have some drinks. I don’t get drunk and it hasn’t affects my labs. Enjoy life even when fighting this damn disease
- November 29, 2021 at 10:22 pm
- November 22, 2021 at 10:08 pm
I had to stop drinking red wine (alcohol) because my ALT and AST numbers (liver) shot up while on immunotherapy. I dont think the alcohol was the cause, but I was told to stop / not to take chances. Also no tylenol.
After stopping treatment and w prednisone, my ALT/AST fell back to normal. Then restarting treatment ALT/AST stayed low. So at some point I started drinking again (maybe teetotal for one year). And now I try to drink one glass of wine each evening. If it’s possible then I would do it, it helps me sleep and it’s kind of a reward.
If I was on ipi as well then maybe i would be more cautious (I failed ipi w bad liver numbers and side effects) – I dont think i would drink while on ipi
Thank you both for your responses. I did have one glass of wine (just one) and it was nice. I made sure to get my labs drawn this morning to prepare for my upcoming infusion Saturday and liver function was normal which helped make my decision to go ahead and indulge for this special occasion and it was wonderful.
- November 23, 2021 at 12:55 am
gopher38ParticipantI’ve been drinking a glass of whiskey and rarely more in the evening, for probably 20 years, and I’ve continued throughout my treatments (nivo, combo, targeted). Only time I stopped was when I had some liver problems. I figure you’ve got to live your life, as much as possible.
- November 26, 2021 at 7:25 pm
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