How to Better Manage Physical Cancer Side Effects

Cancer leaves patients with different physical side effects and are sometimes unavoidable. They could be caused by the disease itself or the treatment therapies used. Managing these side effects is essential because they can lead to treatment interruptions and delays.

It will also mean that patients have an improved quality of life as they fight this disease. Combating side effects doesn’t necessarily mean more medication as some patients may think. It can be done with a few lifestyle adjustments depending on the issue at hand.

Cancer patients face different challenges that may affect their daily life. Here are some of them and how to adjust to make it better.

  • Pain

Pain can be from the treatment or from the cancer and it can get worse if left unattended. It is important for patients to speak up when they experience any new pain because besides the extreme discomfort, pain can leave a patient angry, tired, stressed or depressed and can delay recovery from treatment.

The doctor will choose the best approach depending on the amount of pain the patient is feeling. It could be in form of medication, radiation therapy, surgery or other non-invasive methods.

  • Hair loss

Depending on the treatment therapy, the patient is prone to losing hair. It starts soon after treatment begins and can get worse as time progresses. You can keep a wig or hairpiece on hand in readiness. Scarves, hats and turbans also work well. Avoid excessively handling, pulling, or brushing your hair and switch to mild shampoos and conditioners.

  • Fatigue

If you feel unusually and constantly tired or exhausted it is possible you are fatigued. Tasks as simple as walking across a room or holding a conversation can feel like a chore.

Managing it will depend on your health, diet, stage of cancer and rest patterns. Regular rest and naps during the day, setting aside important duties for when you are feeling stronger, staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet, regular light exercise and delegating tasks where necessary should help with fatigue.

Several other side effects exist but these stand out as the most common. Be sure to let your doctor know about anything unusual or uncomfortable so they may help solve it.

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