How to talk to your doctor about febrile neutropenia

For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, before starting any kind of regimen, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the potential side effects so you know what to expect and can understand how to best manage them.

Chemotherapy side effects can range from visible side effects such as nausea, hair loss and fatigue to lesser-known and less-visible side effects. One less-visible side effect of chemotherapy is a condition called febrile neutropenia (FN), which can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, can be life-threatening if left untreated.

It’s important that you ask your doctor about FN and the best FN treatments for you. Here are some questions to consider asking:

  1. What is febrile neutropenia? What are the symptoms of FN?
  2. How do I lower my risk of developing FN?
  3. If I develop FN symptoms, what should I do?
  4. What circumstances would require me to delay or stop my chemotherapy treatment?
  5. Can I continue my regular activities if I have FN? What activities should I discontinue?
  6. What are my treatment options for febrile neutropenia?

Choosing a treatment plan to manage the side effects of life-threatening conditions such as cancer is a big decision. Take the time to go over all available treatment options with your doctor and be sure to ask questions about the right course of action. And when you begin a care regimen, always make sure it’s the correct plan for you.

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After reading this article, are you more likely to speak to your physician about the options for treating febrile neutropenia?

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