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Six Tips for Your First Chemo Session

Chemo can be a scary experience, and that first session is full of unknowns. Chemo has many side-effects and everyone responds differently.

By arming yourself with knowledge and tips, you can come to your first chemo session prepared like a pro. Check out these six tips!

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Arrange for a friend or taxi to drive you to and from your first appointment. The night before, organize any medical or insurance information you may need to bring with you. Don’t wear any perfume because your sense of smell (or the sense of those around you) might become especially sensitive.

Arrive Early and Have Patience

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Blood will have to be drawn to ensure your white blood cells are up for the challenge of handling chemo. Your blood will be drawn and tested, and then your particular cocktail for chemo will have to be prepared.

This means a lot of waiting around, so make sure you come prepared with plenty of diversions to pass the time: a favorite book or audiobook, a fully-loaded iPod, a beloved friend, or a game on your phone can help pass the time. Which brings us to our next point…

Bring a Survival Kit

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Your body is going to be going through a lot during chemo, so take this opportunity to think about yourself and what you can do to be comfortable. We love the idea of wearing a warm robe or wrapping up in a favorite blanket. Spa socks and eye pillows are also great for promoting relaxation during this stressful time. Don’t forget a few calming albums on that iPod!

Chemo can also dry out your skin, so don’t forget some lotion and lip balm!

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