Chemo 101

"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine."
~ Lord Byron

You’ve been diagnosed and are about to have your first chemotherapy infusion.  Or, you’re in recurrence and about to do it all over again.  You’ve been given a patient drug sheet (monograph) with the description of the drug(s) and a list of potential/probable side effects.  It’s important that you read and understand this information ahead of your treatment.
Here is an additional list of chemo basics which you should also keep handy and are relevant to most chemo treatments:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids (4-6 glasses) the night before chemo.  Good hydration is essential in installing an IV.
  2. Eat lightly the day of chemo.
  3. Take your pre-meds as and when prescribed.
  4. Organize a ride.  Unless it is clearly authorized and safe, never drive yourself home from chemo.
  5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  6. Bring a throw/blanket if none is provided.
  7. Bring a neck pillow for long infusions.
  8. Bring snacks and beverages.
  9. Bring a book, magazine, e-reader, mobile device.
  10. Bring a pen and paper for instructions/information.
  11. Bring a friend or family member with you to the treatments until you’re comfortable with the protocols.
  12. Ask a friend to look after your pet the day of treatment.
  13. Plan your post-chemo meal.
  14. Take your post-chemo meds when and how prescribed.
  15. Line up your liquids for the next day 8 – 12 cups.
  16. Monitor your temperature regularly.





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