Precautions in the Home After Chemotherapy Treatment
In view of the toxic nature of chemotherapy, special precaution must be taken to protect the patient and caregivers in the home. Within 48 hours after the treatment, the chemo medicine would be excreted from the body in the form of urine, stool, vomit and blood.
General precaution should be practiced for two to three days upon the treatment:
• Hazardous Waste Container: It must be marked “Hazardous Waste", placed out of reach of children. All the used gloves, dressings, items containing body fluids are to be thrown there.
• Laundry: Handle laundry with gloves. Discard the gloves in the hazardous waste containers.
• Maintain Good Hygiene: Frequent hand washing with soap and water after contact with body fluid containing items.
• Skin Care: Seek medical attention if the skin develops irritation towards chemotherapy.
• Toilet Usage: Flush the toilet twice upon usage. Do wear gloves if handling commode, bedpan, urinal or a basin for vomiting.
• Sexual Activity: Avoidance for at least two days after treatment. Contraceptive methods should be discussed with the doctor since pregnancy is not advisable during the chemotherapy sessions.