Four Tips To Help Get You Through Your Chemo Infusions

If your doctor has prescribed chemo infusions to treat your cancer, you may be looking towards these treatments with apprehension. It's no secret that chemo can be hard on the body, causing nausea, fatigue, and other side effects. So, to help get yourself through these chemo infusions with no more pain and agony than necessary, follow these tips.

Focus on hydration.

In the day leading up to your infusion treatment, focus on drinking plenty of water. Increasing your hydration level will help flush the chemo treatment from your system a lot faster so you don't feel as queasy afterwards. Plus, being hydrated will make it easier for your nurse or doctor to find a vein when they insert your IV for the infusion. 

Bring lots of clothing and blankets.

A lot of people experience chills and become uncomfortably cold when going through chemo. To ensure you don't have to shiver the day away, wear layers on the day of your chemo treatment. You might also want to bring a blanket along. If it's warm outside, bring your extra clothing in a separate bag so you can add layers as needed without feeling too warm on your way to treatment.

Enjoy snacks throughout the infusion.

In most cases, you will be allowed to eat during the infusion if you feel up to it. (Infusions can take several hours.) Bring some crackers or a granola bar so you can nibble. This may help keep you from developing so much nausea after your treatment. Ask your doctor if there are any restrictions as to what you're allowed to eat during and immediately after your treatment -- this may depend on the exact medications you're receiving.

Stay inside.

After your chemo treatment, your immune system is going to be a compromised. It will be important to steer clear of sick people so you don't get sick yourself. But, it's also a good idea to also stay inside and away from anyone who might be sick for a few days before your chemo infusion. This is because germs that you're exposed to during these days may linger in your body, eventually causing illness after the treatment when your immune system is ailing.

To learn more about preparing for your chemo treatment, talk to your doctor or the nurses at your cancer treatment center. Remember that everyone handles chemo differently; you'll have a better idea of how you're affected after your first treatment.