You'll have blood tests done
regularly while you're getting chemo. This is to make sure you aren't having harmful
reactions. Make sure you ask which problems, if any, require that you call your
healthcare provider or nurse right away. For instance, chemo can make you more likely to
get infections. You may be told to call if you have any of these symptoms:
Redness, swelling, and warmth at the site of an injury or IV catheter
New cough or shortness of breath
Burning during urination
Make sure you know what number to call with questions, even on evenings and weekends.
It may be helpful to keep a diary
of your side effects. Write down physical, thinking, and emotional changes. A written
list will make it easier for you to remember your questions when you go to your
appointments. It will also make it easier for you to work with your healthcare team to
make a plan to manage your side effects.