Childhood Cancer

Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Guidelines for calling the doctor

Sometimes parents are reluctant to call their child’s neuro-oncologist with questions or concerns, so here are some general guidelines about when you should call:

  • A temperature above 101° F (38.5° C)
  • Shaking or chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or cuts that won’t heal
  • Pain or swelling at a chemotherapy injection site
  • Any severe pain that cannot be explained
  • Exposure to chicken pox or measles
  • Severe headache or blurred vision
  • Constipation lasting more than 2 days
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe headaches
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Blood in urine

Parents should not hesitate to bring their children to the hospital if they are ill and their blood counts are low, as this can be a life-threatening emergency. Any time your child is sick and you are concerned, call the doctor.