From the moment you found out you have cancer you likely have questions about your treatment. It is normal to have lots of questions and anxiety when starting treatment.
Understanding Cancer and Chemotherapy
Educating yourself about your treatment may make you feel less anxious. Treatment may include a single drug or a combination of medications. It may be used alone or with surgery or radiation therapy.
Receiving Your Treatment
Chemotherapy is given in several different ways; most commonly by mouth, injection, IV or as a cream applied to the skin.
Your IV Experience
The length of your IV treatment may range from hours to days. Patients receiving continuous infusions may receive their treatment in the hospital as an inpatient.
Preparing For Your First Treatment
Here are some tips to make your first treatment be as comfortable as possible.
After Your Treatment
Here are some tips to help with side effects and a smooth recovery.
Managing Side Effects
If you have side effects, know that the severity is not a sign of how well your cancer is responding to treatment. Learn about common side effects that chemotherapy can bring.
Seven to 10 days after treatment, your cells may go through a Nadir period. This is when your blood counts are at their lowest. Find out tips to prevent this from happening.
During chemotherapy your body may make fewer platelets. These are the cells that make your blood able to clot. As a result, you may run the risk of increased bleeding. Here are tips to prevent this from occurring.
Occurs when red blood cells in your body are low. Red blood cells may be affected by your treatment. Here are symptoms to watch for and tips to manage them.
Nausea and Vomiting
Chemotherapy affects the cell lining of your stomach and the part of your brain that controls nausea and vomiting. This can be a common concern for patients. Here are some recommendations to help.
Learn ways to prevent constipation and when to call your doctor.
Learn about these recommendations to help cope with diarrhea and when to call your doctor.
Treatment may affect the cells lining your mouth causing mouth sores. Talk to your dentist before your treatment.
Eating right can help you rebuild normal cells, maintain strength and fight infection. As a result you may feel better and be more able to cope with side effects.
Here are some suggestions to help you deal with fatigue.
Hair Loss and Skin Changes
Some treatments may cause hair loss or changes in your skin. Find out the steps you can take to help with these challenges.
Chemotherapy can affect the cells of your nervous system. As a result, you may have numbness, tingling or weakness in your hands or feet. Take these precautions to avoid injury.
Sharing your cancer diagnosis with others can be an overwhelming experience. You may have questions on how to manage the message with friends, family, and co-workers as well as what information to share with your employer if you are planning to use any of your work benefits.
When to Call the Doctor
Make sure to call for help or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience any of these symptoms.
Our staff is here to answer your questions and assist you and your family. Please SPEAK UP if you have any questions. You are not facing cancer treatment alone, we are in this together.