You may notice side effects like fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches when you’re getting adjuvant therapy for melanoma, particularly immunotherapy. Some of the acute side effects go away after the first few weeks of therapy, but other chronic side effects may take weeks or months to become evident or prominent.
Side effects may be taken as one indication that therapy is working, although some patients will experience no symptoms, even when therapy is effective. Patients who experience severe side effects may need to reduce or temporarily interrupt treatment. These actions have not been shown to reduce treatment effectiveness.
Tips to Manage Your Symptoms: A-B-C Approach
To help relieve your discomfort, follow this simple A-B-C approach:
Analgesics such as acetaminophen can help prevent or partially relieve fever and headache.
Bedtime administration of your therapy may allow you to sleep through your symptoms.
Conserve your energy; try to get plenty of rest.
Drink plenty of fluids; keep yourself well hydrated before and during therapy.
Eat balanced meals; make sure you are getting an adequate amount of calories in your diet.
Focus on the positive; maintain a healthy mental outlook.