• prepping for chemo

    Asked by elliott1418 on Saturday, December 31, 2016

    prepping for chemo

    how do I prep for taking cladribine?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I'm not familiar with that particular med, but this thread discusses prepping for chemo in general:
      https://www.whatnext.com/questions/how-did-you-prepare-for-chemo--1

      I finished chemo a bit over two years ago. It was an experience, to be sure, but definitely doable. Wishing you all the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Your chemo office should give you a "Teaching Session" that tells you what to look out for with side effects and when to call them. Don't be afraid to call them, even on the weekends or evenings. If something comes up like a fever, call them. They can help you.
      Also, during the "Teach" session, they will show you the chemo lab, where things are (like bathrooms, microwaves, etc) and you will meet the nurses.
      Something I had learned about was a Power Port. It's a device that is put into your chest so that they use that for the chemo infusions instead of your arms. Makes life so much easier. Since I don't know how many chemos you will get, it may be something to check into.
      With any kind of chemo, listen to your body. You are putting medicine in to kill the bad cells. Use all the help people offer. Hugs as you start this part of the journey.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Here are a couple of posts on our blog that are suggestions on what to take to chemo:

      http://bit.ly/1E8wZmW Be Prepared 22 Things to Bring to Chemo

      http://bit.ly/1mMfYuO 17 Things to Consider Before Your First Chemo Treatment

      over 4 years ago

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