Information about Your Treatment for Lymphoma or Multiple Myeloma

This information describes what you should know when you start chemotherapy, including when to call your doctor or nurse and what you should avoid while receiving chemotherapy. Your nurse will give you additional written information about the chemotherapy you will receive, including information about the drug and the side effects you may have during treatment.

Call Your Doctor or Nurse if You Have:

  • A temperature of 100.4º F (38º C) or higher
  • Shaking chills
  • Signs of infection, such as:
    • Cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Frequency or burning during urination
    • Red, swollen, or tender area(s) on your skin
  • Signs of bleeding, such as:
    • Black stool
    • Bruising
    • Faint red rash
    • Bleeding from your nose
  • Not had a bowel movement in 2 days
  • Swelling or redness on your arms or legs
  • Not been able to eat or drink
  • New or worsening pain
  • Any  problems with your teeth or mouth
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Avoid the Following During Your Chemotherapy Treatment:

  • All vaccines except for influenza (flu) and Pneumovax (pneumonia).
  • Contact with anyone recently immunized with live vaccines (such as rotavirus and chicken pox), including children and family.
  • Contact with anyone who has an infection.
  • Elective dental work, including routine cleaning, unless your oncologist says it’s ok.
  • Aspirin, products that have aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. See the resource Common Medications Containing Aspirin and Other Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for more information.
  • Manicures and pedicures.
  • Hair coloring.
  • Hot tubs.
  • Traveling long distances. If you must travel, speak with your oncologist first.
  • Taking multiple vitamins or supplements. You may take 1 standard dose multivitamin a day if you wish.
  • Over-the-counter medications other than as directed by your doctor or nurse.
  • Enemas, suppositories, or rectal thermometers.
  • Sunbathing. Use sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher, wear long sleeves and a hat or scarf when you’re in the sun. Try to stay in the shade.
  • Pregnancy. For more information, read the resource Sexual Activity During Cancer Treatment: Information for Men or Sexual Activity During Cancer Treatment: Information for Women.
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