Chemotherapy and radiation treatment can be daunting and confusing, and it is normal to have a lot of questions. To help calm fears of the unknown, find out as much information as possible about the specific treatments and write down questions before an appointment. To help in your understanding of chemotherapy, here are the basics:

There are many different kinds of chemotherapy, and it can be given in these forms:

  • An IV (intravenously)
  • A shot (injection) into a muscle or other part of your body
  • A pill or a liquid that you swallow
  • A cream that is rubbed on your skin

Treatment can be every day, every week or every month, followed by a period of rest. Be sure to ask for a written copy of your treatment schedule from the doctor.

It is not always possible to tell how a person will feel during or after chemotherapy. Some people feel well enough to keep their normal schedules. Others feel more tired.

Today many side effects can be prevented or controlled. Talk with your doctor or nurse to learn what side effects you may have and how to manage them.

Here are some further points to discuss with the doctor:

  • Find out why you’re receiving chemo (what the chemo hopes to accomplish).
  • Ask how the chemo will be administered.
  • Find out information about clinical trials, and request contact information if applicable.
  • Check with your doctor or nurse before you take any medicine, vitamins, or herbs. Some of these can change the way chemotherapy works.

Contact Live Free Home Health Care in Concord for in-home cancer care. We’ll take care of your everyday needs so that you can focus on rest and recovery.

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