What do I ask my doctor about chemotherapy?

Each chemo appointment with the medical oncologist feels the same: we talk about the last chemo, talk about what to expect for the next chemo, then she gives me mardi gras beads so I'll take off my shirt. Before I go, I make sure I know:

  • What are my medication marching orders?
  • What can I eat? What should I avoid?
  • What can I do? What should I avoid?
  • What are common side effects and when should I call the doctor?
  • When should I expect to start feeling better?

Each time, I remember that getting harsh chemicals injected straight into your veins ... it sounds pretty metal.