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I was wondering if anyone on this board has experience with going through chemotherapy with the lapband. Did you get an unfill?

I've already had three sessions of chemo (out of six) but I'm still thinking of getting an unfill because the chemotherapy itself is giving me acid reflux and heartburn. Having the band there is really not helping but, then again, I can't overeat either, so it is helping me not go too crazy when I'm taking Predisone (which increases appetite).

One of the main reasons I haven't done the unfill is just that I would have to drive 1 to 1 1/2 hours just to do that and I don't feel that well to do that plus it just means more time off work when I'm basically gone most of the time due to chemo.

For the record, I should be "cured" after the chemo of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (thank goodness). It is just a matter of getting through it.

Anyone else gone through this?

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Haven't gone through this but I'm saying a prayer for you.

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I'm surprised no other lap band person has had cancer. Oh well, live and learn. What a great helping community!

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There are some, just might not have been on here since you posted. Give it a couple of days, I know of at least 3. I am saying a prayer for you too. hang in there it will be over before you know it.

Cheri

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Look up Jachut. She has been through alot read some of her threads and replys very honest and educational.

Cheri

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I did chemo both ways, filled and unfilled. Unfilling my band has caused problems with never finding the right restriction again, i unfilled on the advice of my oncologist, not my lapband surgeon, who later told me there was really no need.

My personal advice would be to take medication for nausea and refux and to leave your band alone. Assess the situation when youre though all of this. Good luck!

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Thanks to thoe who have replied! So far I'm keeping the band filled. My heartburn has subsided so I'm feeling more optimistic.

Thanks again!

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My name is Debbie. I have Hodgkins Lymphoma. 9 days ago I went thru my first round of chemo. It was brutal! I have this burning lava fire ball in the center of my chest just below the sternum. My oncologist thinks it's just bad acid reflux. I threw up violently a few times the 2nd day after chemo. I'm worried I've ripped or dislodged my lap band!!!! I've never experienced such awful pain with no let up. I don't know what to do. Has any one gone thru chemo with a lap band?

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On 5/23/2012 at 3:22 PM, Betelnut said:

I was wondering if anyone on this board has experience with going through chemotherapy with the lapband. Did you get an unfill?

I've already had three sessions of chemo (out of six) but I'm still thinking of getting an unfill because the chemotherapy itself is giving me acid reflux and heartburn. Having the band there is really not helping but, then again, I can't overeat either, so it is helping me not go too crazy when I'm taking Predisone (which increases appetite).

One of the main reasons I haven't done the unfill is just that I would have to drive 1 to 1 1/2 hours just to do that and I don't feel that well to do that plus it just means more time off work when I'm basically gone most of the time due to chemo.

For the record, I should be "cured" after the chemo of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (thank goodness). It is just a matter of getting through it.

Anyone else gone through this?

My name is Debbie. I'm undergoing chemo for Hodgkins lymphoma. 12 years ago I had lap band surgery and lost almost 100 lbs. I have not had a fill in 9 years. The pain I'm experiencing in my stomach after each chemo session is almost unbareable! And I'm convinced it is due to the lap band. I want it removed but can't afford the cost. I'm almost considering stopping cancer treatment . I haven't been able to work in a month. Desperate for any suggestions. Betelnut, I hope and pray you are cancer free now. How did the rest of your chemo treatments go with the lap band?

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