Health Tip: Before You Begin Chemotherapy

-- Chemotherapy can help treat cancer, but it can also have a host of side effects.

The American Cancer Society suggests that before you start chemotherapy, ask your doctor these questions:

  • How will I know if the chemotherapy is working, and how will it help my prognosis?
  • How long will my treatments last?
  • What side effects can I expect, and how can I manage them?
  • Will any side effects subside after the chemotherapy has ended, or are they permanent?
  • Can I still live a normal life while on chemo? Can I go to work (or school)?
  • How can I physically and mentally prepare for chemotherapy?

Posted: December 2008


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