Spas, saunas, hot tub, massage

Hi, my husband (38) has recently been diagnosed with PRV blood cancer. We booked a spa previous to his diagnosis. Is he able to go into hot tubs? I’ve also heard massage might not be safe? Please help, we’ve had conflicting into from his two consultations.

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Hi @Mimi1.
Have you got a clinical nurse you could ask for advice? I have also copied in the @BloodCancerUK_Nurses to see if they can help.
How are you both doing?

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Hi @Mimi1 welcome to the forum.
A very good question and I won’t repeat @Nichola75 brilliant response.
I think that you say it all in your last sentence, providing both consultants know your husbands whole medical history, sometimes even experts have different opinions.
Sometimes people ask the spa whether your husband would be accepted with his diagnosis and also treatment if he is currently on any .
This is a purely personal reply, and I have another blood cancer, but I have a weakened immune system so my concerns would be catching any germs, infections, bugs getting into open wounds etc.
Look after yourselves and please do keep posting and let us know if you get a definite answer.

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Hi thank you so much. He has spoken to two nurses and both gave opposite answers. I thought hot tubs might be an issue but I never thought massages would be. His muscles are very achy and it just seems so unfair not to be able to have a massage?

We’re ok. Trying to stay positive. A whole bunch of emotions since the diagnosis. Anger, guilt, sadness. The only thing we can do is move forward.

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Hi @Mimi1 perhaps give yourselves time, those emotions seem natural to me, you have both had a great shock.
I think I went through life on autopilot with my life mapped out in front of me before diagnosis and suddenly my mind is going through the ‘what if’s’ and how will we cope etc
I came home and wrote my will and funeral music.
I have another blood cancer and that was 20 yrs ago.
I attach the Blood Cancer UK website details on being just diagnosed.
I’ve just been told I have blood cancer | Blood Cancer UK
Be very kind to yourselves and please do keep posting

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Many spas are hesitant to provide treatments without a doctor’s approval. Even six years after treatment, I still struggle to find spas that will treat me without a note from my consultant.

There’s a lot of conflicting information online about the safety of lymphatic drainage massage after treatment. Some sources advise against moving lymph fluid, while others claim there’s no evidence to support this concern. Ultimately, the decision is yours and should be based on what benefits your husband the most.

In my case, my spa offers facials (avoiding the neck area) but not massages. This might be because I haven’t achieved remission yet.

I would always :

  • consult your doctor before seeking any treatment, including lymphatic drainage massage.

  • a good spa should require a doctor’s note for treatment after medical procedures.

  • I do now enjoy pools, steam rooms, and saunas since my treatment ended a long while back and my immune system is healthier. However, I like everyone else has already said it’s important to check with your doctor first, especially if your husbands’ immune system is compromised. These environments can carry a higher risk of infection.

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Have a look to see if your local hospice provides any complimentary therapies

Reflexology is lovely and relaxing
Reiki is another

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Hi! Thank you for this. How can I find if a local hospice offers this please?

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Hi @Mimi1 either look on the hospices website or ring them up.
But perhaps still get a medical opinion first

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Dear @Mimi1,
I am sorry to read you are having some conflicting information. Unfortunately we would advise that you chat to the treatment team as they are the experts in your husbands case and they really need to be the ones to offer the best advise.
We would be more than happy to help you explore options in your local area, please do reach out either on the phone or via our email and we can see what we can find for you. I have attached our contact details here: Blood cancer information and support by phone and email | Blood Cancer UK
Please do know you are not on your own with how you are feeling, one day at a time and be kind to yourselves, you have had a lot of information to absorb.
Best wishes,
Heidi J (Support Services Nurse)

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