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Your doctor has prescribed chemotherapy that you will take orally. Your medication will either be a capsule or a tablet.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to take the drug, if it should be taken with or without food, and if you should avoid certain foods when you are taking the drug.
You will receive printed sheets of information about the drug, which explain the possible side effects and how to prevent or treat them at home.
You will be told:
If refrigerated, do not place medications on the shelf nearest the freezer. Place in a zip-lock bag in the crisper bin.
After chemotherapy treatment, the chemotherapy drug usually remains in the body for either three or seven days, depending upon the properties of the drug. The drug is excreted in the urine, stool, vomit, semen, and vaginal secretions during this time.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you how many days your body fluids are possibly harmful if direct skin contact occurs. If urine, stool, or vomit come in contact with your hands or other body parts, wash the area immediately with soap and water. If caretakers have contact with your body wastes, they should wear latex gloves. After using the toilet, flush it immediately. If you have young children or pets in the home that may have contact with the toilet, flush the toilet twice. The use of condoms is recommended for three or seven days after therapy to protect your partner from exposure to chemotherapy drugs in your body fluids.
If you have questions, please contact your doctor or nurse.
New June 2011