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Chemotherapy: What To Do While In Treatment

Caregivers And Chemotherapy

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Caregivers can do a variety of things to help, including:

  • Go with you to appointments, especially on chemo days.
  • If you are unable to drive or go for appointments, talk with the social worker or nurse at the doctor's office to get help.
  • Know how to get in touch with the patient's doctor, even when the office is closed.
  • If the patient is unable to get to an appointment, talk with the doctor or nurse as soon as possible, and plan what to do next.
  • Be sure that someone is with the patient during the first couple of days after each chemo treatment, since more help may be needed at those times.
  • Help watch for side effects and symptoms, and see those sections in this guide.

Call the doctor if the patient:

  • Has any side effect that lasts more than 1 day
  • Has a fever of 100.5 'F when taken by mouth
  • Has any bleeding
  • Has pain or redness at the IV site where the chemo was given
  • Becomes unable to swallow or keep down chemo pills or liquids

SURVIVORSHIP A to Z NOTE: Caregivers may want to call the American Cancer Society (800.ACS.2345) and ask for:

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