Northwest Oncology & Hematology

Rolling Meadows Office: 847.870.4100
Elk Grove Village Office: 847.437.3312
Hoffman Estates Office: 847.885.4100
Barrington Office: 847.842.0180
Elgin Office: 847.577.1023

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Chemotherapy: Common QuestionsQuimioterapia: Preguntas frecuentes

Patient at workChemotherapy: Common Questions

You may have questions about how chemotherapy could affect the things you take for granted in everyday life. Here are some answers to common questions, and some of the adjustments you may need to make.

Will I Still Be Able to Work?

Many people do still work during chemotherapy. If you find you have less energy, you may need to talk with your employer about adjusting your schedule.

  • Work at home or reduce the number of hours you work.

  • Plan time off that fits best with your treatment cycle.

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Should I Exercise?

Ask your doctor about starting an exercise program. It may help you sleep better and sometimes even helps control nausea. It is also good for your sense of well-being.

  • Exercise when you feel most energetic.

  • Keep the pace moderate. Even small amounts of exercise can help. Instead of jogging, walk or ride a stationary bike.

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Will I Be Affected Sexually?

Chemotherapy can cause sexual changes in men and women.

  • You may notice changes in your desire to have sex. Hugging and cuddling may seem more important now.

  • Chemotherapy can cause short-term or permanent infertility. Talk to your doctor if you are planning on having children. Men may want to bank, or freeze, sperm.

  • Use birth control throughout treatment.

Date Last Reviewed: 2004-10-21T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

Contact us at Northwest Oncology & Hematology. You can reach us at 847.870.4100 (Rolling Meadows office), 847.437.3312 (Elk Grove Village office), 847.885.4100 (Hoffman Estates office), 847.842.0180 (Barrington office) and 847.577.1023 (Elgin office)For your convenience, you can also use our New Patient Appointment online form to schedule your consultation with us.

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