- 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
Should I get a second opinion?
One way to find out if a suggested treatment is the best one for you is to get the opinion of at least one other doctor before starting treatment. Your doctor should not mind if you get a second opinion. In fact, some insurance companies require you to get one. Often, the results of any tests you have already had can be sent to the second doctor, so you won’t have to repeat them.
Find out if your insurance company covers second opinions before you get one.
Last Medical Review: 06/09/2015
Last Revised: 06/09/2015