I would ask what treatment I will be getting, how long does the infusion last, how long and how often will I be getting the treatments, and how they will treat the side effects.
As a breast cancer survivor, I can tell you that except for the hair loss, the loss of appetite, and the bone pain from the Neulasta shots, I handled the treatment rather well. I took a half day on the day of my chemo, left early the next day for my Neulasta shot, and other than that, I didn't miss any work.
Do you have a port? Insist on a numbing spray before they put in the IV for your treatment. I had one nurse who didn't want to bother one day and I hollered...it's a pretty big needle. She apologized all over herself, and made sure she didn't forget after that!
If you have ANY side effects, ask if they can prescribe you a pill to offset it. I took anti-nausea medicine during my first four treatments and only experienced a bit of queasiness one morning when I was a bit late taking my Compezine. No vomiting, no nausea.
If you don't understand something, ask the doctor to explain it again. It may be helpful to take someone with you to the appointment. Four ears are better than two.
Good luck...you are on the road to recovery!
Edited by: IVYLASS at: 12/2/2012 (21:11)
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