Your pharmacist will double check the prescription before the chemotherapy is prepared to ensure the doses of all the medicines prescribed are the appropriate ones for you and that you have had all the correct pre-chemotherapy tests.
What do they check before chemo?
When you go to the hospital or clinic, the first thing you have each time is a blood test. In some centres you have this a day or two before your treatment. It’s important that your chemotherapy nurse checks your red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC) and platelet count before you have your next treatment.
Who is responsible for chemotherapy?
Medical oncologist: A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer with chemotherapy and other drugs. A medical oncologist is different from a surgical oncologist, who mostly treats cancer with surgery.
What happens at a chemotherapy pre assessment?
We will answer any questions you may have about your treatment and to make sure that you have the relevant information to manage any possible treatment side effects. This appointment may last an hour and may include blood tests, observations of blood pressure, pulse, weight and a urine test.
What should the nurse do before administering chemotherapy?
Prior to Administration
Take measures to prevent medication errors: Perform independent double-check of original orders with a second chemotherapy-certified RN. Double check for accuracy of treatment regimen, chemotherapy agent, dose, calculations of body surface area, schedule, and route of administration.
What cancers are detected by blood tests?
What types of blood tests can help detect cancer?
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer.
- Cancer antigen-125 (CA-125) for ovarian cancer.
- Calcitonin for medullary thyroid cancer.
- Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) for liver cancer and testicular cancer.
What blood tests are done during chemotherapy?
There are two types of blood tests typically performed during cancer treatment: the complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemistry panel.
When does an oncologist get involved?
When to see an oncologist
If it is found to be cancerous, a series of diagnostic tests and scans may be done to determine the size of the cancer and to find out whether it has spread. Oncologists work as a team to recommend a course of treatment for individual patients.
Are oncologists on call?
Clinical oncologists spend a large proportion of their working week in direct contact with patients. The on-call demand may be around one in eight, although you are not usually called out during the night.
Why would you see a hematologist oncologist?
Oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancers. A hematologist oncologist specializes in both. You might see a hematologist oncologist if you have blood cancer or suspected blood cancer. If blood cancer runs in your family, you might also see one then, too.
What happens at first chemo appointment?
When you arrive, you’ll need to provide a blood sample that helps determine your dose of chemotherapy and any other needed medicines. You can also expect to have your height and weight measured more than once, because this is another key factor in making sure you get the right chemo dose.
How long does a session of chemo take?
How long will each session of my chemotherapy treatment take? Chemotherapy treatment varies in length and frequency and depends on the individual treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Some last as long as three or four hours, while others may only take a half-hour.
How soon after diagnosis does chemo start?
Cancer treatment should start very soon after diagnosis, but for most cancers, it won’t hurt to wait a few weeks to begin treatment. This gives the person with cancer time to talk about all their treatment options with the cancer care team, family, and friends, and then decide what’s best for them.