What happens before I receive chemotherapy or biotherapy?

These steps will take place before you receive chemotherapy or biotherapy:
  • Your healthcare provider will take a complete medical history. This is very important for safe care. Be sure to report all medical problems, recent illnesses, allergies, and current medications. Report any previous side effects to chemotherapy or biotherapy medication.
  • You will receive a complete physical exam. This is to make sure that your body is healthy enough to have chemotherapy or biotherapy.
  • You may have lab tests, x-rays, or other tests. These tests help tell if the chemotherapy or biotherapy is working. They also tell if it is safe for you to receive chemotherapy or biotherapy.
  • You may have an IV placed in a vein. This is so the chemotherapy or biotherapy can be given through the IV. If you have a central line, you will not need to have an IV.
  • You may be given medicine to prevent nausea.

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