OTHER TIPS TO REMEMBER
If you are experiencing:
Fatigue and/or Anemia:
- Refer to page 18 in “Chemotherapy and You” and page 19-21 in “Eating Hints”.
- Keep active, but do not over exert.
- Keep most frequently used items within easy reach.
- If breathing is difficult when lying down, use two or three pillows or raise the head of the bed on wooden blocks.
- Talk to us about your frustrations; worry and stress increase your fatigue.
Nausea and Vomiting:
- Refer to page 14 & 15 in “Chemotherapy and You” and page 13 & 14 in “Eating Hints”.
- Take your medication as directed by your physician. If your medication is not working as well as you feel it should, please let us know.
- Eat a dry cracker or piece of toast before any activity in the morning.
- Don’t eat spicy, fried, or greasy foods.
- Apply a cold, wet cloth to the throat and forehead.
- Carry a plastic bag and twist-tie when traveling.
- Move slowly when changing positions from lying to sitting and standing.
- Refer to page 26 in “Chemotherapy and You” and page 17 in “Eating Hints”.
- Refer to “Discharge Instructions” for Lactulose order.
- Notify physician if no bowel movement in three days, abdomen becomes hard, tender, and distended, or if constipation is accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Low White Blood Cells / Infection:
- Refer to hand out pamphlet on Blood Counts and Infections; and page 18-21 in “Chemotherapy and You”.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you cannot avoid people who might have infections.
- Report any sign of infections (burning urine, coughing with phlegm, elevated temp., etc.), to your physician.
- Refer to page 22 in “Chemotherapy and You”.
- Use an electric razor when shaving.
- Do not use dental floss.
- When working, avoid bumps or scrapes.
- If cut, apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, if excessive bleeding go to the nearest emergency room.
- Show us any bruises or changes in your skin.
- If you have a nosebleed, pinch the nostril tightly; apply ice or a cold wet cloth to the back of the neck.
- If you have a dental problem, be sure your dentist knows that your platelet count is low.
- Possible side effects of chemotherapy are ulcers in the mouth, epigastric burning, and/or abdominal pain, bleeding from the stomach or intestines, nausea and/or vomiting, and loss of appetite.
- Report to physician—Blood in vomitus and/or tarry (bloody stools).
- Antacids may help epigastric distress, but unrelieved pain should be reported.