Some people find that using a checklist helps them stay organized. You can download this checklist and print it out help get you organized.
Make a check in the "done" column when you've completed the tasks detailed in the "to do" column.
|Category||Tasks to Do||Done|
|Body||Consider how hair loss will affect you. You may want to cut your shair short or buy a wig that matches your current style and color.
Buy hand sanitizer to carry with you for when soap and water are not available.
|Support||Enlist the help of family and friends who can cook meals, drive you to appointments, or help with chores.
Consider joining a support group for people with cancer.
|Work||Decide if you are going to work during your treatment. If you will continue working, talk to your employee about ways in which you can modify your work schedule.|
|Nutrition||Ask your doctor or nurse about what you should eat and drink during your treatment and if you should take extra vitamins or supplements.|
|Medications||Make a list of all drugs you take, including vitamins and medications you buy over the counter at the drugstore.
Show this list to your doctor before you start chemotherapy and any time you start or stop a medication.
|Mouth care||Visit a dentist at least 2 weeks before starting chemotherapy.
Commit to maintaining your oral health by brushing your teeth after meals and before bed with a soft toothbrush.
Also, floss your teeth gently every day, and use a nonalcoholic mouthwash.
|Stress||Talk to your doctor about exercises you can do. Light exercise often helps to relieve stress.
Take time to relax by listening to soothing music or spending quite time in a favorite place.
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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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