Some breast cancer treatments can affect fertility.
If you wish to have a child after treatment ends, talk with your health care provider (and if possible, a fertility specialist) before treatment begins.
Learn more about fertility issues.
Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system, so it’s important to consider a few things before starting treatment.
If your treatment will occur during flu season (October to May), it’s important to get a flu shot before treatment begins.
The 2016-2017 flu shot protects against the 3-4 viruses most likely to be common this season, including the H1N1 (swine) flu.
To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Women may want to get a gynecological exam before starting chemotherapy.
If you have a positive result on your Pap test (Pap smear), you almost always will need a slightly invasive follow-up procedure. Because chemotherapy can weaken the immune system, you should have this procedure before treatment begins.
Chemotherapy can also interfere with the results of a Pap test.
You should postpone routine dental visits until chemotherapy is over.
Sometimes dental work can cause an infection in your mouth. Infections can be harder to treat when your immune system is weakened by chemotherapy.
If you have dental work or a cleaning that can’t wait until after treatment ends, it’s best go to the dentist before chemotherapy begins.
You should not feel the need to delay travel.
In general, it’s safe to travel by plane, train or bus while undergoing chemotherapy.
However, chemotherapy weakens your immune system.
If you travel while on chemotherapy, it’s a good idea to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often to try to avoid infection.
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