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Chemotherapy and You

A Guide to Self-Help During Chemotherapy

CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOKLET

UNDERSTANDING CHEMOTHERAPY
What Is Chemotherapy?
How Does Chemotherapy Work?
What Can Chemotherapy Achieve?
Will Chemotherapy Be My Only Treatment for Cancer?
Which Drugs Will I Get?
Where Will I Get Chemotherapy?
How Often Will I Get Chemotherapy, and How Long Will I Get It?
How Will I Get Chemotherapy?
Does Chemotherapy Hurt?
Can I Take Other Medicines While I Am Getting Chemotherapy?
Will I Be Able To Work During Chemotherapy?
How Will I Know If My Chemotherapy Is Working?
COPING WITH SIDE EFFECTS
What Causes Side Effects?
How Long Do Side Effects Last?
Nausea and Vomiting
Hair Loss
Fatigue/Anemia
Infection
Blood Clotting Problems
Mouth, Gum, and Throat Problems
Diarrhea
Constipation
Nerve and Muscle Effects
Effects on Skin and Nails
Kidney and Bladder Effects
Flu-Like Syndrome
Fluid Retention
Sexual Effects: Physical and Psychological
EATING WELL DURING CHEMOTHERAPY
What If I Don't Feel Like Eating?
Can I Drink Alcoholic Beverages?
Should I Take Vitamin or Mineral Supplements?
TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND NURSE
CHEMOTHERAPY AND YOUR EMOTIONS
How Can I Get the Support I Need?
How Can I Make My Daily Life Easier?
How Can I Relieve Stress?
PAYING FOR CHEMOTHERAPY

A FINAL WORD

GLOSSARY


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