Just curious what everyone was told when they were diagnosed with regards to these. I saw three different oncologists when I was diagnosed. All three seemed to have very different views on these. Obviously moderation for all three of these is important for your health for anyone regardless of if they take any daily medications or have CML. I know peoples experiences with oncologists suggestions for these will also probably vary depending on age and if they had any preexisting conditions. I am a 28 year old male and did not have any preexisting conditions before CML. My thoughts based on research in this forum and across a few other sites are as follows.
Caffeine - One oncologist told me I should no longer have any caffeine. Another said a moderate amount about one (measured) cup of coffee a day was OK as long as I did not drink any pop throughout the day. (I have never drank pop). A third said they were not aware of any reason to reduce caffeine intake. They suggested simply to drink less than the daily limit for healthy adults which is 400mg per day (four measured cups of coffee). I decided I would just decrease my caffeine intake to two cups (200mg) on work days one cup on weekends. Before diagnosis I would have three measured cups most days. Measured cups(8oz) are much smaller than most starbucks sizes...starbucks tall is 12oz.
Sun Exposure - One oncologist told me I should have no sun exposure except without being completely covered in protective clothing...long shirts, pants, hats, ect. This made me really sad as probably one of my favorite things is being outside in Chicago in the summer I enjoy outdoor activities on most nice weekend days jogging, swimming, boating, volleyball ect. I also like visiting beaches and being outside on vacations in the winter months. The other two oncologists said there was not any risk of being out in the sun as long as I wore sunscreen and did not get sunburnt. They both said my skin would be more prone to getting burnt while being on Sprycel so I should be vigilant to make sure I did not get sunburnt. I still enjoy being outside on vacations and I plan to enjoy jogging, swimming and boating this summer in Chicago as I always have. Only change I have made is the be certain I put on SPF 30 when I am going to be outside longer than 30 minutes. Before diagnosis I did not always wear sunscreen which was probably not smart anyways. So far I have not noticed any changes in my skin sensitivity to the sun. I was on the beach in Florida for a few hours and an all day Kayak trip in the Keys as well. I put on SPF within 30 minutes of being outside and I was outside for 6 hours the day of the Kayak trip and I did not get burnt. I have heard some people having extremely different reactions so I think it is important to be careful with this. Maybe I just got lucky this does not affect me much possibly because I have an olive skin tone.
Alcohol - One oncologist told me I should not have any alcohol ever for the rest of my life. This made me pretty sad as I am only 28 and I enjoy occasionally meeting up with friends for drinks. I also have quite a few weddings for my friends and probably myself within the somewhat not too distant future. The other two oncologists said that I could have a few drinks occasionally as long as my blood tests are always normal. I did not drink for the first 2 months after diagnosis. I waited till my liver enzymes and blood levels had been normal for over a month before having my first drink since diagnosis at a friend's destination wedding in Florida. Since then I have enjoyed having a few drinks occasionally. I limit myself to only once a week. I am not sure this is really necessary and I may allow myself to have two nights of cocktails in the future (basically just on vacations or when I have two events in one week) but for now I feel a maximum of one night a week is a safe amount. I don't count the number of drinks I have but I don't allow myself to get to the point where I am drunk or have any type of hangover the next day. I feel if you have a hangover you are probably doing yourself harm with or without TKIs. I did on one occasion while celebrating a good 3 month PCR test result with some friends who bought me a few too many drinks and got drunk and had a hangover the next day. I felt really guilty about this at first but I tried not to beat myself up over it.