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  • Treatment Locations

    Rhode Island Hospital  

    APC Building  

    Providence, RI 02903


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    The Miriam Hospital  

    164 Summit Avenue  

    Providence, RI 02906


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    Newport Hospital  

    11 Friendship St  

    Newport, RI 02840


  • Bleeding

  • Platelets are cells that help your blood clot when you bleed. Some types of chemotherapy make it harder for your body to make platelets. A low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Your doctor will check your platelet count throughout your chemotherapy treatment.

    What to do:

    • Use a soft toothbrush.

    • Blow your nose gently.

    • Be careful when using scissors, knives or sharp objects.

    • Use an electric shaver.

    • Apply pressure to any cuts until bleeding stops.

    • Wear shoes all the time to protect your feet.

    • Avoid constipation.

    • Do not use dental floss or toothpicks.

    • Avoid contact sports or activities that could cause injury.

    • Do not use enemas, suppositories, tampons or rectal thermometers.

    • Do not wear tight clothes with tight collars, wrists or waistbands.


    Check with your doctor or nurse before:

    Taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, dietary supplements, aspirin or other over-the-counter medications. Some of these medications may increase your risk of bleeding.


    When to call your doctor or nurse:

    Please call if your urine is pink or red, if you have black or bloody stools, unexpected bruising or bleeding, bleeding from your nose or gums, or a rash of tiny red or purple dots.