How should I handle body fluids of someone receiving chemotherapy?

You want to be protective of yourself when handling the fluids of someone receiving chemotherapy, says Tamara Sutton, director of cancer services at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. In this video, she explains how to handle this type of waste. 
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Body fluids of a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy medication should be treated as hazardous waste. Body fluids include blood, vomit, stool, urine, or sexual fluids. Follow these tips to protect yourself:
  • Use gloves. During a chemotherapy treatment and for 48 hours after each dose, anyone caring for the patient should wear chemo gloves or two pairs of exam gloves when handling any body fluid.
  • Flush bodily waste. During a chemotherapy treatment and for the 48 hours following a dose, consider flushing the toilet twice to ensure the waste is completely flushed away.
  • Treat soiled diapers or incontinence pads as hazardous waste. Dispose of them in a biohazard waste container.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding means extra caution. Family or caregivers who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive can still be in contact with the patient. But they should use extra care to avoid direct contact with chemotherapy or contaminated wastes.

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Chemotherapy For Cancer

Chemotherapy For Cancer

One of three common treatments for cancer, chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow down the progression of cancer cells. Different chemotherapy drugs are used for different types of cancers and can be combined with other treatment...

s, like radiation therapy or surgery. Chemotherapy often causes side effects, such as fatigue, nausea and mouth sores. Most side effects subside after treatment ends; however, some side effects can develop late in treatment and cause long-lasting issues, such as heart and kidney problems, or damage to nerve and lung tissue. Make sure to talk to your oncologist early about these potential side effects. To prepare for chemotherapy, ask your doctor for tests to check your heart and liver functions to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo treatment. Once you're ready for treatment, you may receive the drugs intravenously through a port in your chest, orally by taking a pill or through an injection into a muscle.
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