Ask your doctor about liquid food supplements. These can help you get enough calories and nutrition.
Be careful about being in the sun. Wear a hat with a wide brim. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on any areas of exposed skin. Do not smoke.
You will need close follow-up care with your cancer doctor and nurse.
When to Call the Doctor
If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor:
Fevers, chills, or sweats. These may be signs of infection.
Diarrhea that does not go away or is bloody
Severe nausea and vomiting
Being unable to eat or drink
Redness, swelling, or drainage from any place where you have an IV line inserted into your body
A new skin rash or blisters
Jaundice (the white part of your eyes or skin looks yellow)
Pain in your stomach area
A very bad headache or one that does not go away
A cough that is getting worse
Trouble breathing when you are at rest or when you are doing simple tasks
Burning when you urinate
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Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.