Oral therapies (treatment by mouth)
- Clinical nurse manager
- Oncology liaison nurse
- Specialist nurses on the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700
Before you start oral therapies at home
- Your oncologist or a member of your medical team will prescribe the medication
- The hospital pharmacist will dispense the medication to you
- You and a family member or carer will attend an oral therapy information session. You will also be provided with written information.
- You may find a patient diary useful to help you keep track of your medication and any possible side-effects. It will also help you to remember what to tell the doctor or nurse when you are in the hospital. Our Journey Journal can help you to do this.
- miss a dose
- are unable to take a prescribed dose
- are sick after taking your medication
- have side-effects. Find out more information on side-effects.
When you are at home
- Chemotherapy tablets, capsules or injections may need to be stored in a particular way, such as in the fridge. Always follow the instructions of your pharmacist.
- Other people in your household should avoid direct contact with your chemotherapy drugs and avoid picking them up with bare hands.
- All drugs must be stored out of the reach of children as they could cause serious harm if taken by accident.
- If you feel unwell at any time, phone the hospital or clinic immediately for advice.