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Getting Started Video Series

Welcome to the treatment education video series. This video series will provide information on how different cancer treatments work, treatment room guidelines, what to bring to your appointment and additional informational resources. Follow the 3 steps below for the optimal experience.

  1. Please review the email you received and watch the videos as instructed. The email will direct you to videos more specific to your treatment.
  2. See attached Getting Started slide presentation for corresponding written information. This enables you to follow along and take notes as needed. Please also review – When to Call Your Provider.
  3. After comleting these videos and viewing the linked documents, please complete the form at the bottom of the screen. This notifies your care team that you have completed the treatment education series. 

Introduction to Cancer Treatments

  • Explains the different types of cancer treatment and how they work.
  • Treatment room basics.
  • General Guidelines for your reference. 

Possible Side effects of Cancer Treatment

1. Hair Loss

 

2. Skin Changes

 
  • Possible skin changes including; skin sensitivity, rashes, and hand and foot syndrome.
     
  • Ways to prevent and manage changes.

3. Neuropathy

 

4. Mouth Changes

 
  • Possible mouth changes including; dry mouth, taste changes, mouth sores and cold sensitivity.
     
  • Ways to prevent and manage changes.

5. Heartburn

 
  • Why this may occur and how to manage.

6. Nausea

 
  • Which treatments may cause nausea and why it happens.
     
  • How to prevent and control it. 

7. Bowel Changes

 
  • Who might experience these symptoms.
     
  • Ways to control and prevent constipation and diarrhea.

8. Nutrition & Dehydration

 

9. Blood Work

 
  • Why blood work is drawn so often.
     
  • Risk of anemia and signs to watch for.
     
  • Risk of low platelets and signed to watch for.
     
  • Risk of infection, how to prevent it and signs to watch for.

10. Fatigue

 
  • Discusses the most common side effect from treatment.
     
  • Information about your “down day” and recovery.
     
  • How to minimize fatigue.
     
  • The importance of activity.

11. "Chemo Brain"

 
  • What is "chemo brain"?
     
  • Ways to manage and minimize this symptom.

12. Coping

 

Treatment Drugs

Find additional information about your specific treatment drugs. This information is provided by the National Cancer Institute. It contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. If you need assistance finding the medication used in your chemotherapy regimen, please contact your providers office. 

For those of you doing this class prior to starting treatment, you should have received drug handouts attached to the email directing you to this site.

Completion

Thank you for taking the online Getting Started class. Please submit the form below. You will receive a follow up call from our nurse educator in 1-2 business days.

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