Some people think of managing side effects as their main job during chemo. Doing all that you can to prevent and reduce side effects–especially serious ones–may be key to meeting your treatment goals. Of course, not all chemo delays and chemo side effects will be under your control–keep this in mind as you and your doctor discuss your chemo plan and review your treatment goals.

For now, you can take action to help get the most out of chemotherapy.

Here's how:

  • Speak with your doctor about the types of chemo side effects you may experience.
  • Work with your doctor and care team to learn how to stay on your treatment schedule by managing side effects.
  • Keep your doctor and care team up to date about other side effects (ie, nausea, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores).
  • Take notes on how you are feeling so you can accurately describe any side effects to your doctor and care team. Alert your doctor and care team as soon as possible if you experience a fever, chills, or other signs of infection
  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
    chance for infection

    Infection can be a serious result of chemo. Find out the factors that affect your chance of infection. Simply answer a few questions, and then print your results to share with your doctor.

    Use the Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide to find out more.

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