Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- How can I control my pain?
How can I control my pain?
Report your pain to your doctor. You may need a prescription for a medication to help control your pain. Report immediately any pain at the IV site where you received your treatment, chest pain, or pain unrelieved by using your pain medication.
- What should I do if I am short of breath?
What should I do if I am short of breath?
Any sudden shortness of breath or chest pain needs to be reported to you doctor immediately.
- What should I wear for my treatments?
What should I wear for my treatments?
Wear comfortable clothes. If you have a port or access device, wear clothing such as a shirt with buttons. For radiation treatments, the area that will be treated will have to be exposed during the set up and delivery of the radiation. Our therapists take every effort to insure your privacy, and will expose only what is necessary.
- What do I do if I have a nose bleed?
What do I do if I have a nose bleed?
Report any blood in your urine, or unusual or excessive bleeding from your mouth, nose, rectum, or vagina to your doctor immediately. Brush your teeth with a very soft toothbrush to prevent bleeding from your gums. Soften the bristles of your toothbrush by running hot water over them before you brush. Blow your nose gently. Be careful when using scissors, knives, or other sharp objects, due to your possible increased risk of bleeding. Use an electric shaver instead of a razor. Apply gentle but firm pressure to any cuts you get until the bleeding stops. Wear shoes all the time, even inside the house or hospital, to prevent cuts or scrapes.
- What should I do if I have a fever?
What should I do if I have a fever?
If you have a fever greater than 100.5, please contact our office and report your symptoms to your doctor. Patients receiving cancer treatment may be at a higher risk for infection.