Can I come in contact with other people now that I receive chemotherapy? My chemotherapy is not injected but is in the form of a pill. Are the same protection measures required?
Chemotherapy is not transmitted from person to person. It is safe to embrace and kiss your loved ones during chemotherapy. However, care must be taken to avoid contact with your medicine, whether orally administered or injected.
Today I underwent chemotherapy and I will go home. How long should I take protection measures?
48 hours. The drugs enter the bloodstream and are excreted through the body’s biological fluids (blood, urine, stools, tears, saliva, vomiting, sweat, sperm and vaginal fluid) on average of up to 48 hours after the end of chemotherapy.
Can I use the same toilet my family uses?
Yes, it is safe to sit on the toilet. Flash the toilet twice for better cleaning. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry with a paper towel.
On the day following my chemotherapy I vomited in the toilet. What should I do?
Flash the toilet twice and clean its surface with soap and water. If you vomited in a container, wash it thoroughly three times with soap and water and dry with a paper towel. The container should only be used for vomiting. It is preferable to use a disposable container.
At home I have a caregiver. What should he/she be careful of?
The caregiver should use disposable gloves when giving you your chemotherapy pill as well as for your hygiene and wash his/her hands thoroughly after removing them. Used gloves, sanitary napkins and diapers should be placed in a plastic bag, tightly closed and disposed of in the garbage. If the caregiver comes in contact with your body fluids, he/she should thoroughly wash the affected area three times with soap and water.
Can I wash my clothes in the washing machine?
Wash your clothes separately from the clothes of the rest of your family in the washing machine using pre-wash and main wash. Avoid handwashing.
Can I have sexual intercourse with my partner?
During sexual intercourse, a condom should be used because there is chemotherapy in the sperm and vaginal fluids.
My daughter is pregnant. Can she become involved in my care?
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid coming in contact with chemotherapy
I find it difficult to swallow, can I open the capsule of the drug and put its content in my juice?
You should neither break your pills nor open the capsules. Capsules should be swallowed whole without chewing. If you find it difficult to swallow, you should inform your doctor.
In the morning I took my chemotherapy drug and I vomited three hours later. Should I take the same dose again?
I forgot to take the chemotherapy drugs at the specified time and I remembered it 3 hours later. Can I take them now?
You can take your medication within a maximum period of 12 hours from the prescribed time. Otherwise, skip the dose and inform your doctor.
I accidentally took more pills. What should I do?
Inform your doctor immediately. You should know how many pills are included in your treatment, when it starts and when it finishes.
I have finished my treatment and I have some medication left. Can I return them to the pharmacy?
It is safer to return them to the pharmacy for proper handling. Do not throw medicine in the toilet or garbage.
Where can I store my chemotherapy drugs at home?
Keep them in a safe place out of the reach of children and pets. Follow the pharmacist’s instructions for storage in appropriate conditions and not together with food.