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Old 04-22-2006, 11:25 PM   #1
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Type 2 diabetes and chemotherapy

hi all ...

my mother is a breast cancer patient ... she is currently on chemotherapy (Adriamycine/Cyclophosphamide X 6, every three weeks).

After receiving her regular dose, her blood sugar gets crazy ... sometimes it spikes to 300+ before dinner at the day of receiving the dose ... and gets stable after about 10 days ...

yesterday she didn't eat anything because of chemo until 6:00 pm ... before eating her bs was 294 ... she had her meal ... about 3:30 hours later she had her dinner and added half pill of glucophage (sp?) to her daily dose ... the reading 2 hours later after dinner was 296 ...

so has anyone experienced this?

What she receives: pre-chemo drugs (anti-nausea) > chemo (AC) > standard saline solution to refresh the site of infusion

should she start taking insulin shots? she had two shots 2 months ago when her bs went really crazy (450+) after having a very minor surgery ...

any suggestions? ideas?

thank you ...

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Old 04-24-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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I think insulin therapy during chemo treatment may make a lot of sense. There's no point in having her blood sugars running so high, as that also weakens your immune system, which is kind of like giving her a double whammy.

I'm on insulin, but when I went through chemo five years ago, I was given large amounts of decadron the night before chemo. My blood sugar got up to over 1,000. Luckily, thanks to extra insulin, I was able to get it back to normal within about 36 hours.

There are several potential ways of handling this, so she probably should work with an endocrinologist to set up a sliding scale of how much and what type of insulin to use in the days following chemo.

Good luck,

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