What should I know about bendamustine before receiving it?

Because bendamustine can cause a temporary reduction of white blood cells in your blood, it can increase your risk for infection. For this reason, you should try to avoid contact with people who have infections and let your doctor know if you have any signs of infection. Bendamustine can also cause a reduction of platelets. Because a low platelet count can lead to improper blood clotting, you should be careful to avoid bleeding. This includes taking care when brushing and flossing your teeth and taking care when handling sharp objects. Some people may get tumor lysis syndrome from bendamustine. Symptoms of tumor lysis syndrome include: stiffness; tiredness; weakness; joint pain; swelling of the lower legs or feet; rapid weight gain; change in urine quantity; and side, stomach or low back pain. Get immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms occur.  

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