• Under what circumstances would a cancer patient need to inject him/herself?

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Under what circumstances would a cancer patient need to inject him/herself?

    (I am wimpy about all things medical and can't see me injecting myself w/anything, no matter how great the training is!)

    3 Answers from the Community

    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Sometimes if you live very far away from the cancer center, or don't have any nurses nearby, I know some people give themselves, or have a friend give them a shot of Neupogen, which helps your bone marrow make white blood cells that can drop during chemo. I was "trained" for this, but never had to do it. It's very simple, and you can have someone else do it for you if you feel uncomfortable. We also had local nurses volunteer to come out and do it. Sometimes they also use Neulasta for the same thing, that lasts much longer between shots. I don't believe you will ever be stuck in a situation where you absolutely have to give yourself a shot, and you probably wouldn't even have to get that one at home. If dad needs it, I drive him in. You have to watch your insurance if they tell you to give a shot at home, because it might not be covered the same way it's covered when they give it to you at a hospital or cancer center.

      about 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Phew! We live, at most, 25 minutes from onc's office! Phew! I was worried about THAT one! Thanks.

      about 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Mostly, you wouldn't have to give yourself the injections. However, it may entail going back the day after chemo (or for several days after) to get the shots depending on whether it's neupogen or neulasta. I am an RN and asked if I could give my own neulasta shots at home because we lived 30 mins away and I thought it was a waste of everybody's time when I could do it myself. This is not for everyone and if you are willing you can drive yourself in. After Chemo, I didn't start feeling tired or blah until about the third day, so next day was no problem driving anywhere.

      about 8 years ago

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