The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Unwell after chemotherapy?


Chemotherapy often makes people feel unwell, especially in the first 24 - 48 hours after treatment.  You will have been advised about what to expect and how to deal with it whilst with us. 

There are some things that happen sometimes which you must let us know about straight away.   This includes:

  • High temperature or fever. Please check your temperature with a thermometer (a normal temperature is 37°C or 98.4°F). If your temperature is 38°C (100°F) or higher, please ring the hospital team immediately. If you have a fever, feeling hot or cold, shivery or feel unwell.
  • Feeling very unwell or having symptoms of infection, even if you don’t have a temperature.
  • Nausea and vomiting that is not controlled by your medication.
  • Diarrhoea that lasts longer than 24 hours or is very severe.
  • A sore mouth that prevents you eating or drinking.
  • A persistent cough.
  • Blood in your urine or stools.
  • Bleeding not controlled by general first-aid.
  • Bruises or small blood spots which appear on your body.
  • Pain not controlled by medication.

The site where your drip was put in shows any of the following:

  • Swelling
    • Redness or a white blanching colour
    • Pain
    • Itching
    • A scab
    • Anything unusual

For any of the above, please contact immediately the Department/Ward where you received your chemotherapy treatment (between 8.30am and 6pm) or at other times St James’s University Hospital (0113) 243 3144 and ask for the Oncology Patient Enquiries Bleepholder.

Please note this number must not be used for general enquiries
We also need to know about any dental treatment arrangements you make whilst you are having chemotherapy.