Physical assessment done to patient after chemotherapy . Medication checked and reconciled. Hydration and nutritional status checked. Diet reviewed. Denies chest pain. Tube care done per physician ( MD ) order. Dressing changed. Still complained in pain in fingers, patient taught that one side effect of chemotherapy is pain in fingers which is called peripheral neuropathy, it results from some type of damage to the peripheral nerves. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy such as Vinca alkaloids ( vincristine ), cisplatin, Paclitaxel, and the podophyllotoxins ( etoposide and tenoposide) . Other drugs used to treat cancer such as thalidomide and interferon also can cause peripheral neuropathy.
The patient was instructed on the consequences of chemotherapy and how it affects your body, and that is not related to cancer, the side effects it produces. Some common side effects of chemotherapy are low white blood cell count, low red blood cell count, platelets account, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, among others.