Ask your doctor about liquid food supplements that can help you get enough calories and nutrients.
Be careful when you are in the sun. Wear a hat with a wide brim. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on any exposed skin.
Do not smoke.
You will need close follow-up care with your cancer doctor and nurse. Be sure to keep all your appointments.
When to call the doctor
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, or sweats
Diarrhea that does not go away or is bloody
Severe nausea and vomiting
Inability to eat or drink
Redness, swelling, or drainage from any place where you have an IV line inserted
A new skin rash or blisters
Jaundice (your skin or the white part of your eyes looks yellow)
Pain in your abdomen
A very bad headache or one that does not go away
A cough that is getting worse
Trouble breathing when you are at rest or when you are doing simple tasks
Burning when you urinate
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Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.