Developing warts while on chemo?

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September 18, 2012 at 8:30 am  #1248165    


I began second line chemo of Carbo/Alimta on 12/29/11 with completion of the fourth cycle in mid/March – 2012. Presently on Alimta every 4 weeks for maintenance. First line was Tarceva which began January 2011 and was discontinued mid-December 2011 due to significant progression.
Since going on chemo, I have developed what appear to be common warts on my thumb, index finger and, middle finger of my right hand.
I have done some research and see there may be a correlation between chemo therapy and warts. Apparently, my chances of developing warts increased as my immune system took a beating from chemo.
My WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, and Hematocrit levels have been at compromised low levels throughout the nine months I have been on Chemo.
Just curious if others on chemo have had issues with warts and interested in getting feedback from a doctor regarding what they have seen regarding this admittedly secondary, but troubling, development.
Thank you!

September 18, 2012 at 9:19 am  #1248166    
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Hi dback, It’s good to hear you are responding well on maintenance alimta.

Are you having difficulty dealing with issues the warts are causing? A dermatologist may be helpful in that case.

I’m not a med pro nor have I read on Grace any discussion on warts, but it does sound possible that you could get warts as a result of lowered immune response. Is there no end to the complications?

I’ll let Dr. West field this question when he does, usually, nightly rounds on Grace.

I hope you are faring well otherwise?

Love the dog,

September 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm  #1248181    
Dr West
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I actually don’t know of any data on this and can’t recall a patient who had this issue. It’s believable, but I’ve never managed this. Sorry I can’t be more helpful here.

-Dr. West

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