What should I expect after my first chemo session?
The day after your first treatment you may feel tired or very fatigued. Plan on resting, as this gives your body the chance to respond to the chemotherapy, and begin the recovery cycle. Remember that chemo affects every cell in your body. Stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water or juice.
Do you feel sick after first day of chemo?
Not everyone feels sick during or after chemotherapy, but if nausea affects you, it will usually start a few hours after treatment. Nausea may last for many hours and be accompanied by vomiting or retching. Sometimes nausea lasts for days after treatment.
Do chemo side effects get worse with each treatment?
Most types of pain related to chemotherapy get better or go away between treatments. However, nerve damage often gets worse with each dose. Sometimes the drug causing the nerve damage has to be stopped. It can take months or years for nerve damage from chemotherapy to improve or go away.
How long after first chemo do you lose your hair?
Hair usually begins falling out two to four weeks after you start treatment. It could fall out very quickly in clumps or gradually. You’ll likely notice accumulations of loose hair on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or in your sink or shower drain. Your scalp may feel tender.
How do I prepare for my first chemo treatment?
Before your first chemotherapy infusion
- Let your oncology care team demystify chemotherapy for you.
- Keep your other medical care up-to-date.
- Eat well now and later.
- Arrange for help at home and work.
- Ask someone to come to your first appointment for support and company.
- Prepare a bag to bring with you.
What are the worst side effects of chemotherapy?
- Infection and a weakened immune system. Cancer and the treatment of it can weaken the immune system.
- Bruising and bleeding more easily. Chemotherapy can cause a person to bruise or bleed more easily.
- Hair loss.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Constipation and diarrhea.
- Mouth sores.