Dealing with the side effects of the medicine was as challenging as fighting the disease itself! Breast cancer treatments are designed to kill cancerous cells. However, treatment medicine kills all fast-dividing cells good or bad. This targeting, effect other cells located in the mouth, digestive track, bone marrow, and hair follicles. Which leaves us in an unhappy, sickly, and hopeless state. Fortunately, there are some suggestions to deal with side effects

Some treatment symptoms and what to do in response.

Symptom

Response

Loss of Appetite

  • Eat a few small meals during the day instead of three large ones.
  • Try an “instant breakfast” mix or other nutritional shakes between meals.
  • Eat your largest meal of the day when you are most hungry.
  • Drink water or other beverages either a half hour before or after meals so they don’t make you too full.
  • Try moderate exercise to increase your appetite, with your doctor’s approval.

Nausea and vomiting

  • Drink water and remember to include electrolytes if you are not able to keep food down. Broth is also a good way to introduce nutrients when feeling n Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Avoid eating when you feel nauseous
  • Take small sips of water throughout the day
  • Try meditation or other relaxation techniques

Mouth Soreness

  • Choose soft foods that won’t irritate your mouth
  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Avoid citrus fruits, spicy or salty items
  • Avoid very cold or hot beverages

Hair Loss

  • Talk to your Oncologist about Cold Cap Therapy Before Chemo
  • Your hair will grow back after treatment

Weight Gain

  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating

Benefits include:

  • Promotes heart health
  • Reduces cancer risk
  • Elevates your mood
  • Improves colon health
  • Improves memory
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Helps manage diabetes
  • Promotes strong bones and teeth
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Serves as a positive model for children

Early menopause and Hot Flashes

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Meditation

Ask your Oncologist about dietary supplements

A higher risk of infections

  • Limit your exposure to others

Diarrhea

  • Drink plenty of water, sports drinks, juice, or clear broth
  • Avoid spicy and/or greasy foods, alcohol, coffee, tea, and soda with caffeine
  • Avoid milk and dairy products
  • Eat food high in protein
  • Eat small amounts of soft, bland food.
  • Try the BRAT Diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast

Vaginal Dryness

OTC Vaginal moisturizers like Replens or KY Liquibeads©

Bone & Joint Pain

  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Exercise
  • Vitamin D supplement
  • Calcium supplement

Ask your Oncologist about Bisphosphonates & supplements

Muscle Pain

Massage Therapy

No material in this blog is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any medical questions.