Southern Medical Clinic has earned a reputation as pioneers in the field of Oncology. Having adopted a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, we offer the most comprehensive services under one roof.
Our patients are the focus of all that we do, as we recognise that a positive experience can make the world of a difference. We go the extra mile to ensure every patient receives treatment of exceptional quality in a timely manner.
Preparing for Chemotherapy
What do you need to know?
Chemotherapy is an effective method for treating cancer. Starting chemotherapy may cause you anxiety, but being prepared can help make your life easier and more comfortable as you recover. Here are some practical ways for preparing for chemotherapy:
• If you are working, talk to your employer about taking time off for your treatment. It is hard to predict how chemotherapy will affect you. Discuss the options of flexible hours, working from home, or taking some leave.
• Visit the dentist before starting chemotherapy. Mouth sores, infection and bleeding can develop during treatment and exacerbate pre-existing conditions.
• Pack a chemo bag: include warm clothing, healthy snacks, books or devices to pass the time. You may wish to take along a small album with photos of your loved ones and favourite places to help build your determination. Consider keeping a chemo journal to track your treatment dates, how much sleep you’re getting, what you’re eating and how you’re feeling.
• Talk to your treatment team about the possible side effects. Ask whether you can take medicine to prevent nausea and vomiting. Buy a thermometer so you can check your temperature at home. If hair loss is likely, think about having it cut or choosing a wig.
• Even though a chemotherapy session may last only a few hours, you may feel very tired after it is over. You should ask someone to drive you home if you feel unsafe behind the wheel. Take a nap or relax after your treatment. Do not plan to go to any events or partake in strenuous activities.
• Focus on the positive. Making friends with your fellow patients and joining support groups foster togetherness and unity.
• Stay healthy and strong before and during treatment. Consider making some meals ahead of time and freezing them, have ready-to-eat food available. Stay hydrated and find foods that you can keep down. Go for a walk or engage in some form of physical activity.
• Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any other medicines you are taking. Some over-the-counter medicines, herbs and vitamins can affect how chemotherapy works.
• Trust your doctors. Ask questions. Be your own advocate.
Inspired by you, built for YOU:
The TrueBeam is the most advanced Radiotherapy treatment unit in the Caribbean with an unmatched combination of precision and speed.
• More choices for a wider range of cancer types
• Patient comfort is second to none- it operates quietly and allows for two-way communication between patient and therapist
• Faster delivery of dosage gives patients their time back
• Special techniques include Stereotactic Radiotherapy and Respiratory Gating
• Minimal side effects and higher success rate