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Breast Cancer Treatment With Chemotherapy


Recognizing a Cancer Emergency

Your doctor and the chemotherapy nurse will let you know what situations would be considered an emergency based on the specific treatment you receive. However, if you have any of the following warning signs, tell your doctor immediately:

  • A temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If you experience any fever and chills, notify your doctor immediately. If you are unable to contact your doctor, go to the emergency room.
  • New mouth sores or patches, a swollen tongue, or bleeding gums.
  • A dry, burning, scratchy, or "swollen" throat.
  • A cough that is new or persistent and produces mucus.
  • Changes in bladder function, including increased frequency or urgency to go, burning during urination, or blood in your urine.
  • Changes in gastrointestinal function, including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea that lasts longer than two or three days.
  • Blood in stools.



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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 18, 2014
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