Tips on Coping with Chemotherapy
Taking a course of chemotherapy is not always easy, but the
benefits far outweigh the difficulties. Here are some tips
to help you cope:
Tell your medical team how you're reacting to chemotherapy.
It is important to tell your doctors and nurses about
any side effects you are experiencing from chemotherapy
so that they can treat and help you understand them.
||Get the support
you deserve. No one needs to go through chemotherapy alone.
Your health care team has the medical information and
experience to guide you through your treatment. Professional
counselors are available to help you get through the emotional
side of cancer treatments, and support groups can offer
an experienced point of view on your journey. And, most
importantly, family members and friends are there to support
and help you in many ways. Don't hesitate to use the resources
available to you.
||Keep your treatment
goals in mind. Take your treatment one day at a time.
||Maintain a nutritious
diet. A healthy diet, filled with proteins, fruits and
vegetables, is a key factor in rebuilding tissue and regaining
strength. Some researchers believe that diets high in
protein and calories help stop some side effects. Consult
your doctor or a nutritionist for help in designing a
nourishing, realistic diet. If you have appetite problems
or trouble with weight loss, talk to your doctor or nurse
about medications to improve your appetite and weight.
||Stay active. Keeping
up your regular activities helps focus your mind on something
besides your illness and keeps you in touch with the rest
of the world. Exercise is a wonderful way to relieve tension
and rebuild your body strength and muscle tone. But, don't
overdo it - participate only in those activities that
are advised by your doctor and most important to you.
techniques to relieve stress. There are many ways to relieve
stress: rhythmic breathing, muscle tension and release,
biofeedback, imagery and visualization, hypnosis, prayer
and meditation. Find a method that works for you and make
it a part of your daily routine. Give yourself a break.
Don't expect too much of yourself while you are on your
chemotherapy routine. Do what you feel like doing and
don't feel guilty if that includes taking a nap, limiting
your normal activities or asking for help.