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