Recovery after chemotherapy depends on:
The healthcare team will give instructions about any special precautions or restrictions that you need to take after chemotherapy treatment, such as what to eat or drink and when you can do physical activity or return to work. Some people may find they need extra rest for a while after treatment is finished.
People should talk to their healthcare team about when it is safe to have sex, any special precautions that they may need to take and how long to continue them after treatment. Depending on a person’s age and situation, it may be important to use a reliable method of birth control during treatment. The healthcare team will discuss birth control methods that can be used.
Chemotherapy can weaken a person’s immune system. During and for some time after treatment, chemotherapy can affect blood cells that help protect the body from illness, infection or excessive bleeding. Therefore, it is important to report the following symptoms to the doctor or healthcare team:
Follow-up appointments are usually scheduled after chemotherapy is finished to:
Follow-up is different for each person. How often follow-up needs to be done varies with the type of cancer and is tailored to each person’s needs. More frequent visits may be scheduled at first, but fewer follow-up visits are needed as time goes on.
Follow-up tests may be done, depending on the type of cancer and symptoms that are present. Tests may include:
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.