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Breast Cancer Treatment With Chemotherapy

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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:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Mouth sores or patches, 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 to the bathroom, 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 Arnold Wax, MD on June 26, 2012
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