WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Liposarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from fat cells. It is most commonly found in your legs or thighs, but it can also be found in your abdomen, back, arms, chest, and neck. Liposarcomas most often occur in people between the ages of 50 to 70 years old.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or oncologist as directed:
Tell your primary healthcare provider or oncologist about any new symptoms you have. Tell him about any side effects you have from your treatment. You may need tests to check if the cancer has spread or returned. Tests may also be done to see if your treatment is working. You may need follow-up visits for chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Balanced nutrition may decrease side effects and infection, help you feel better during treatment, and help you heal faster. Ask if you need to be on a special diet. Work with a dietitian to plan the best meals and snacks for you
- Drink liquids as directed: Ask your primary healthcare provider or oncologist how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. It is especially important to drink enough liquids if you are vomiting from chemotherapy. Try to drink enough liquid each day and not just when you feel thirsty. It may be helpful to drink liquids between your meals instead of with your meals.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or oncologist if:
- You see any changes in your skin.
- You see or feel a new lump in your body.
- You vomit several times.
- You have constipation or diarrhea.
- You think you are pregnant.
- You have a cut or wound that does not heal.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have bleeding that does not stop.
- You have chest pain and trouble breathing.
- You see blood in your stools.
- You vomit blood.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.