Preparation

This section is for oncology patients only.

There are a number of things patients can do to prepare for undergoing chemotherapy:  

  • Dental Health: Make sure dental check-ups are up to date and any dental work is done before the chemotherapy starts. If dental visits are needed while on chemotherapy, or in the six weeks after it finishes, the medical team should be contacted.
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  • Flu Vaccine: It is recommended that patients get the flu vaccine if they will be having chemotherapy during the autumn and/or winter. Ideally this should be at least 7 – 10 days before chemotherapy starts. If  vaccinations are needed while on chemotherapy, or in the six weeks after it finishes, the medical team should be contacted. 
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  • Other vaccines: Patients should not have any live vaccines while having chemotherapy and for 6 months afterwards.
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It's best for patients to discuss the details of their treatment with their doctor, who will be familiar with their particular situation and type of cancer.

Any quesions about preparation for chemotherapy can be directed towards the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre.

Haematology patients should seek advice from their consultant regarding any dental work or vaccination administration.