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Chemotherapy Education Package

This package is for people with cancer who will be getting intravenous (IV) chemotherapy – by a needle into a vein in your body. Use the checklist below to guide you through all of the information that may help you during treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this package, please talk to your health care team.

Each tab below is for a different time in the treatment journey. Click on each tab to show the checklist of things to do in that stage of your treatment journey.

Example: If you have not had your first treatment, appointment, click on “Before your first treatment appointment”. Under this tab, you will see what you can do, read or watch to get ready for your first treatment appointment.

Before your first treatment appointment

Plan for your appointment

  • Review your treatment plan and schedule
  • Have a plan to get to your appointment
  • To find out how to get to the cancer centre, and learn about your parking options, please visit the Cancer Centre’s main webpage.

  • Find out about your medication (drug) coverage, and get any medications you need from the pharmacy.
  • What do I need to know about my medications during Chemotherapy?
  • Look at this document to learn:
    How to get your medications
    How to pay for your medications
    How a cancer centre pharmacist can help you

Review important information

  • How chemotherapy works Video By Canadian Cancer Society
  • This video will help you learn how we give chemotherapy and how it works.

  • Review side effects, and safety information for your treatment medications
  • Look at the Medication Information Sheets you got from your nurse

  • Know how and when to take your take home medications
  • Review any information your nurse gave you about these

  • If you will be getting a PORT or PICC catheter, know what to expect
  • Review any papers you got from your nurse about these catheters

  • Understand how other products you take may affect your treatment

Day of your first treatment

  • Know what to do if you have a fever after your treatment
  • Review your paper copy of Fever and Infection during Chemotherapy

  • Know how to get help if you have side effects because of treatment
  • Review your paper copy of Chemotherapy and its Side Effects…When Should I Worry

After your first treatment appointment

If you need help with symptoms related to your cancer treatment, call one of the numbers below:

Monday-Friday. 8:00am-3:00pm
Leave a message with:

  • your name
  • phone number
  • reason for your call

Monday-Friday. 4:00pm-8:30am
Weekends and Statutory Holidays (24 hours)


Anytime during treatment

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