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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How to carry Chemo bottle with a stoma?

    HI, My sister has Bowel Cancer and had surgery and currently has a stoma. She is just about to start her second round of chemo which consists of 3hours in hospital and carry on board for two days. Her treatment prior to surgery she carried the chemo bottle around in a bum bag. Can anyone suggest a new way to carry the chemo bottle as she is concerned the bum bag will upset her stoma and as it is just getting good now, we dont want to risk it. Your advice would be appreciated.
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    Thank you very much for your question.

    Our Nurse Adviser also receievd your question directly via email, and has emailed a personalised response through to you.

    Sending our very best wishes to your sister for her treatment and bowel cancer journey.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

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  • Anonymous


    Sorry to hear about your sister.

    Another way she can carry the chemo bottle is around her neck. I did it this way for my first round of chemo. The nurses can supply her with a light, cotton type of sock which fits the chemo bottle and she just drapes it around her neck like a necklace.

    All the best to you both.

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    Hazel Rayner

    HealthShare Member

    hi , I can feel for your sister…..When I needed to carry the chemo bottle, I put it in a soft material abg. Much like a drinking water bottle bag.This then can be put on your shoulder or slung aross the body on the opposite side of the stoma. Also no one knows what it is like the one aound your neck.
    I had one that looked like a hippy type which everyone at the chemo dept. thought was a great idea.
    Hope this helps………

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