It's important to feel as strong as you can when you get your first chemotherapy (chemo) treatment. One of your goals is probably to see your chemo treatment through as prescribed. To do so, you may need to get physically, logistically, and mentally prepared for what lies ahead. You can:

  • Learn ahead of time about your chemo cycles, schedule, and goals.
  • Have an open dialogue with your doctor and care team.
  • Ask about what chemo side effects you should expect. And ask how to minimize these expected chemo side effects.

Discuss with your healthcare team how you can get your questions answered between appointments. You don't have to wait until your next session or visit.

Understanding your treatment plan can help you in many ways. You'll not only know what to expect, but you may also feel less anxious.

Use the Getting Started Questions to help you get organized.

  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
    risk of infection

    Infection can be a serious side effect of strong chemo. Find out the factors that affect your risk 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.