Before you leave
- Get post-infusion medication instructions. The day after chemo, you may need an injection of a colony-stimulating factor medication to help boost your white blood cell count and reduce your risk of infection. Make sure you get an appointment if your doctor thinks you need an injection.
- Ask about any side effects that you might experience, such as mouth sores, severe nausea, flushing and fever. Call your healthcare provider if you experience any.
- Double-check the date and time of your next appointment, and then mark it on your calendar!
Before your next appointment
- Watch for signs of infection, including a fever above 100.5° F, new cough or shortness of breath, pain or burning while urinating, diarrhea or uncontrolled vomiting, new onset of pain, or abnormal bleeding or bruising.
- Keep a log. Record any symptoms, then mention them to your healthcare provider.