- A Guide to Chemotherapy
- Learning about chemotherapy treatment
- A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Where will I get chemo?
- How will the chemo be given to me?
- What are clinical trials?
- Can I take other medicines while I’m getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during chemo treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- Fatigue from chemo
- Hair loss from chemo
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemo
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Mouth, gum, tongue, and throat problems
- Nerve and muscle problems
- Skin and nail changes
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems
- Weight gain
- Other questions you may have about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemotherapy
- Sex, fertility, and chemo
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
You’ll be asked to give your written permission to get chemo based on your understanding of the drugs your doctor recommends. Know the answers to all of these questions before you sign the consent form.
- Which chemo drugs will I be given?
- How will the drugs be given to me?
- How often will I need to get chemo?
- How long will my treatments last?
- What side effects could I have?
- How likely is it that this treatment will work?
The specifics of the consent form may vary from state to state, but the form usually states that your doctor has explained your condition to you, how the chemo could benefit you, the risks of treatment, and the other options available to you. Your signature on the form means that you’ve gotten this information and you are willing to be treated with chemo. This process is called giving informed consent.
Last Medical Review: 06/09/2015
Last Revised: 06/09/2015