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.
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
- 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
- Talk to your Oncologist about Cold Cap Therapy Before Chemo
- Your hair will grow back after treatment
- Healthy eating
- 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
- Massage therapy
- Music therapy
Ask your Oncologist about dietary supplements
A higher risk of infections
- Limit your exposure to others
- 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
OTC Vaginal moisturizers like Replens or KY Liquibeads©
Bone & Joint Pain
- Vitamin D supplement
- Calcium supplement
Ask your Oncologist about Bisphosphonates & supplements
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.