These are some things that I am discovering as I go through chemo

I welcome input from others.

CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!

  1. For fire mouth, I am finding Biotene mouthwash and toothpaste works for me.
  2. Emend capsules eliminated my nausea. Ask your doctor, but they are expensive and your insurance might refuse to pay. Mine finally paid.
  3. Eating popsicles or ice during chemo infusion REALLY helped me reduce fire mouth. I was amazed at how effective it was.
  4. Phillips' caplets, Senokot, a stool softener or equivalent may become your best friend. Be proactive. Constipation can be a serious problem.
  5. Port or not to port? I'm very pleased with my port.
  6. Use a soft toothbrush. Your gums will be very sensitive.
  7. Don't eat acidic foods.
  8. Don't eat spicy foods.
  9. Don't eat crunchy foods.
  10. Knocking off toenails is not recommended (I know from experience). Be extremely careful. Your immune system is weak.
  11. Use soap, water and disinfectant liberally.
  12. Buy a good infrared thermometer, especially if you have white blood count problems.
  13. If you need Neupogen, be sure you get the small needles. Mine are 30GA/half inch.
  14. If you run a fever, contact your doctor immediately.
  15. IMPORTANT: DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! You will need every detail including dates, treatments, Doctors, etc. Do yourself a favor and DOCUMENT EVERYTHING.

 

THESE THINGS HELPED ME BUT...

ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!