Review some of the sample patient questions provided later on in this branch. Select some questions or add others that you would like to have answered about the treatment.
Stay as healthy as you can:
- Pray or practice your spiritual beliefs so that you are strong before the treatments begin
- If you smoke or chew tobacco habitually, you need to quit. Habitual tobacco use makes healing and recovery more difficult.
- Some providers will not do reconstruction surgery or other types of surgery while you are still using tobacco
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, you need quit. Alcohol is very hard on your liver. The cancer treatments that you need to be taking, especially chemo, are very hard on your liver too. Give your liver a break by limiting the number of drugs it is dealing with.
- Eat healthy and take vitamins
- Do your daily activity as usual, unless the provider tells you to stop. So if you walk each day for health, keep doing it until you start your treatments. Then ask the providers when you can begin again.
- If you normally take aspirin (for heart health, arthritis or other reasons), you need to stop at least 4 days before your treatment, especially if it is surgery. The aspirin thins the blood and you may lose too much blood during surgery.