One of the first and most fundamental “action plans” which a cancer patient must develop with their local oncologist is – What do I do when I get a fever?  

At a minimum the plan should include what temperature defines a fever, what (and what dose) to take for the fever and when you are to notify your local oncologist and/or seek medical evaluation.

The action plan needs to be developed in advance, in part because it is not feasible uniformly to predict when one will develop a fever. Unless the specific details of your plan are different, a patient with active, metastatic cancer who develops a high fever should undergo prompt medical evaluation.

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