COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CARE located in Eugene/Springfield
Cascade Surgical Oncology, PC

I.V. Fluids

Image I.V. Fluids

Undergoing chemotherapy and other types of infusion therapy for cancer requires patients to stay very well hydrated.However, it is not unusual for those receiving chemotherapy to become dehydrated.Dehydration is usually caused by inadequate fluid consumption but may be due to vomiting or diarrhea as well. IV fluids are routinely given to our patients in this case.Fluids are generally administered via Port-a-cath infusion over one to two hours and may include anti-nausea medications.Typically, our patients feel a great deal better after receiving fluids.

Signs of dehydration include fatigue, dizziness upon standing, dry mouth, dry skin that stands up or tents when lightly pinched, little or no urine output, very dark or tea colored urine, or low blood pressure.