When to Call Your Doctor

The development of any of the following symptoms during your chemotherapy treatment may indicate a serious condition.  If you experience any of the following throughout your cancer treatment, please inform your doctor.

• Fever higher than 101º F 
• Shaking chills
• Vomiting that continues 48 hours after treatment
• Bleeding or bruising
• Shortness of breath/chest pain
• Severe constipation or diarrhea
• Painful or frequent urination
• Blood in the urine or stool
• Soreness, redness, swelling, pus, or drainage at your VAD site
• Irregular or rapid heart beat
• Pain in a new place.
• Pain that is not relieved by your pain medication.
• Headache that is not relieved by Tylenol®
• Inability to eat and continued weight loss
• Mouth sores
• Nasal congestion, drainage, cough
• One or more of the following symptoms in conjunction with repetitive diarrhea or vomiting (signs of dehydration):

o Dry, cracked lips
o Dry, sticky tongue
o Increased thirst
o Decreased urination
o Increased weakness
o Increased pulse rate

• Dizziness/lightheadedness (especially when rising to a standing position)

Things you may need to know include the following topics:
How is chemotherapy delivered?
Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
Understanding and Monitoring Your Blood Count
Frequently Asked Questions About Chemotherapy Therapy
Chemo Brain


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