A Guide to Chemotherapy

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When to call your doctor about side effects from chemo

At this time, you are probably more in tune with your body than you’ve ever been in your life. You notice every physical change and imbalance. Do not take any physical symptoms you may have lightly.

Some side effects are fleeting and minor, but others may be a sign of serious problems. You should not be the judge. Tell your doctor right away if you suffer from any of the following symptoms during your chemo treatment:

  • A fever of 100.5°F or greater (taken by mouth)
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • A rash or allergic reaction, such as swelling of the mouth or throat, severe itching, trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Intense chills
  • Pain or soreness at the chemo injection site or catheter site
  • Unusual pain, including intense headaches
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Long-lasting diarrhea or vomiting
  • Bloody stool or blood in your urine

Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014