Caring For Your Own:
Skills Lab empowers families to be partners in cancer treatment
We asked Debby Roisen, a nurse educator who heads
the Skills Lab, for her best advice for families who
are dealing with outpatient chemotherapy. Here's
a round-up of her suggestions.
Buy a good thermometer.
to take your temperature. If it ever
goes above 101 degrees Fahrenheit, call
Buy anti-bacterial body wash.
use bar soaps that can harbor bacteria.
Keep hand sanitizer nearby.
want to keep germs at bay, but you might
not feel up to going to the sink frequently
to wash your hands. Hand sanitizer can
be a good alternative for times when your
hands aren't visibly dirty.
It's important to maintain your
weight during treatment. Eat before
appointments, but avoid spicy or greasy
foods that may cause indigestion. If
you're having trouble with your appetite,
consider consulting with a Cancer
Opt for gentle dental care.
a new, soft toothbrush.
Drink plenty of fluids.
This is especially
important before appointments.
It'll make it easier for nurses to find
veins for treatment. Remember to drink
extra water if you have coffee, which can
cause you to lose fluids.
Use paper towels to dry hands.
Communal hand towels should be
Step back and ask for help.
feeling overwhelmed, the Cancer Center
has many options to help. Ask your doctor
for a referral to the Skills Lab if you
need a refresher course on something.
Or, if you're feeling stressed, consider
an appointment in our PsychOncology
Clinic. Our therapists are trained specifically
to help families cope with the strain
of cancer and its treatment.
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