Before your treatment can begin, your healthcare team will do several safety checks, including a health assessment, an assessment of your treatment plan, and an assessment of your lab results. Once the safety checks are completed, you’ll be taken to a room or a hospital bed. You may get some medications to help prevent nausea and vomiting or other common side effects of your treatment. You may also be given IV fluids to help you stay hydrated.
A family member or friend can stay with you during your treatment, but if they’re sick they should not come with you. Keep in mind that some treatments can take a long time. We recommend bringing a book, a tablet, magazines, or headphones to help you stay engaged.
Getting chemotherapy should not be painful. If you feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment, be sure to let your nurse know right away. Your comfort during the treatment is most important to us.