Tips for day of treatment and beyond
You may be nervous about your first treatment. Or maybe you're an old pro at this. But no matter where you're coming from, here are some important tips to help get you through each infusion with CYRAMZA:
Get prepared: Get a good night's sleep. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider for their advice. If they say it's okay, hydrate and eat a healthy, light meal at least 2 hours before treatment.
Dress down: Everyone has their go-to outfit that makes them feel snug and safe. Whether it’s a sweater and leggings or an old hoodie, designate your comfy outfit ahead of time so you can just grab and go.
Buddy up: Ask a friend or loved one to accompany you to your appointment for support. You’ll need a ride home from treatment, so they can also serve as your driver—and entertainment, too.
Pack a toolkit: Speaking of entertainment, pack a bag with plenty of distractions: books, magazines, music, games, entertainment on your laptop, tablet, or phone. While you’re distracted, it’s also important to keep comfy—a travel-size pillow and extra sweater or blanket can help you stay both cozy and warm. Don’t forget to also bring beverages, light snacks, and candy or mints. This can help you stay hydrated, keep your energy up, and combat any dry mouth or nausea that treatment might cause. Make sure to ask your doctor if it's okay to bring these items with you. Treatment may also cause cracked lips, so consider packing lip balm in your bag as well.
Take a minute: First things first, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself for another round down.
Take ten: How are you feeling? What went well? What would you change for next time? Consider keeping a journal with your notes, and if you’re experiencing any side effects, make sure to mention these to your doctor.
Take a load off: If you’re up for it, make time to see your family and friends. Loved ones are a great way to restore strength.