7 Ways to Cope with Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy comes with side effects, mostly bad. But there are ways you can reduce this side effects with these helpful tips.

  1. Listen to your body

Your body before and after chemotherapy is different. You may experience the following symptoms after chemotherapy:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Skin changes, such as dryness or swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakened immune system

The best treatment can be prescribed if you know exactly what you want to cure.

  1. Slow Exercise

I know this is a lot given that you have just come from chemo, but walking or swimming are great ways to curb such symptoms. Swimming especially relaxes the body and you sleep better. Just wading in water is enough.

  1. Medication

Medications can be prescribed to you to help you manage these symptoms better, especially nausea and vomiting. Although, avoid taking many at once as they may worsen your symptoms and general mood.

  1. Stay Away from The Sun

After chemo, you have increased sensitivity to sun rays. Your skin may get drier if you are exposed to the sun. Stay indoors and if you must go outside, use some sunscreen and moisturize daily.

  1. Ginger or Cinnamon Gum or Candy

This helps eliminate the metallic taste in your mouth and enjoy your food. You can chew this just before meals.

  1. Surround Yourself with Positive People

Chemotherapy can drain you, so you need people to cheer you up. Keep cheerful and lively people near you to support and encourage you. You will need them.

  1. Be Attentive

Be aware of the following symptoms such as rashes, pain, intense headaches, fever and diarrhea and be sure to contact your healthcare team and report your symptoms and pain where your catheter or chemo was inserted.

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