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When to Contact the Hospital - Side Effects

The side effects you may experience will depend very much on the treatment you are having, as there are many different types of Chemotherapy. No two people receiving Chemotherapy will feel exactly the same, even when they are receiving the same drug.

 

Some of the side effects you may experience can be serious. Therefore it is important that they are treated at the Hospital as soon as possible.

 

Here is a list of things that we would like you to contact us about should they occur -

• Fever, raised temperature – above 37.5°C (it is advised you keep a thermometer at home)

• Or temperature below 36°C

• Sore mouth/throat

• Headache which does not respond to Paracetamol

• Shivering, shaking attacks, symptoms of a “cold” or “flu”

• Bleeding or bruising (blood in urine or motions, nosebleed, appearance of a rash)

• Abdominal pain

• Diarrhoea

• Redness, swelling, pain or blistering at the site where chemotherapy was given by injection

• Problems with any indwelling intravenous catheter such as PICC, Groshong, Hickman or “Vas Cath”

 

Other Guidelines and Useful Information

Flu Vaccination: We encourage patients to have this vaccination, however please discuss this with us prior to having the injection.

Aspirin: Do not use unless your consultant is aware, as it can increase any tendency to bleed.

Dental Work: If you require any during your treatment, please check with us first.

Alcohol: It is recommended that you avoid alcohol during treatment. However, it may be acceptable in some circumstances – please check with a Nurse or Doctor for advice.

Infection Risks: We recommend that you do not use public swimming pools/sauna.
We advise women not to use tampons throughout the Chemotherapy treatment
sessions.

Health & Safety: For approximately 48 hours after having treatment, you may excrete very small traces of Chemotherapy in your urine and other body secretions. Although this does not pass on any signifi cant risk to you or your family, we recommend you flush the toilet after use, and maintain a good standard of personal hygiene.

Exercise/Fatigue: You may feel very tired during your treatment. Regular gentle exercise may increase your feeling of well being; however it is important to rest as needed.

Travel: If you intend to travel abroad during your treatment, please check with us prior to doing so.

Information: As there is a lot of information to take in, we urge you to share this with your family.