Is driving after chemotherapy safe?
Is it safe to drive after chemotherapy treatment?
Evaluate whether it's safe to drive while having chemotherapy the same way you'd make other safe driving decisions. One oncologist puts it this way: “Envision a neighborhood with kids playing ball. The ball gets loose and a boy chases it into the street, where you are driving. If you feel you would be able to see the boy and respond without hesitation to avoid hurting him or yourself, then you can drive.”
This is a personal decision and you may feel more competent some days than others. Many people drive themselves to everything, including appointments, during their treatment cycles, but keep in mind that chemotherapy can affect your vision, your cognitive thinking, and your neuro-response times. By all means, keep your independence when you can but don’t increase the likelihood of harming someone else in the process. Ask for help from friends and volunteers, or use shuttles, public transportation, and taxis.
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