Lymphoma: Treatment Warning Signs

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During chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatment regimens, there are certain side effects that should be reported to your doctor immediately. These side effects might indicate an adverse reaction to medicine or an underlying health problem that requires medical attention.

This list is by no means complete; it is intended as a starting point. See the "Resources" at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you experience any of the following, alert your doctor:

  • A fever, usually over 100.5°F (38°C)
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Any infection
  • Prolonged constipation or diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Mouth or throat sores
  • Excessive cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Unexpected weight gain or loss (10 pounds / 4 kilos or more)
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Red dots under your skin
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Nausea or vomiting despite medication
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Wheezing
  • Intense Chills
  • Pain or soreness at the chemo injection site or catheter site

Your doctor may provide you with a more extensive list of symptoms than this. If so, listen to your doctor. Don’t expect to experience all of the symptoms on this list, as side effects differ from patient to patient. What you experience depends on your body’s individual reaction to treatment.

Do ask your medical team any questions you have, and ask what to do before treatment. Have medical contact information (telephone numbers, etc.) readily available in case of emergency.

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