If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 for an ambulance—an emergency rescue vehicle can take you to the emergency department more quickly and safely than can a friend or family member.

During your cancer treatment, there may be times when symptoms arise outside of your regular appointments that require medical attention. Sometimes these problems or symptoms can be managed by calling your doctor and sometimes they require immediate medical attention.

Some of the cancer conditions that may require emergency or immediate medical attention are:

  • Treatment-associated infection
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Tumor lysis syndrome
  • Surgical complications such as bowel or kidney obstruction
  • Pain and weakness

For more information on when cancer patients should seek emergency care, read our guidelines on emergency care during and after treatment.

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s emergency department provides personalized, round-the-clock care for any medical emergency, including oncologic emergencies.

Emergency Department at Ohio State University Hospital

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