Fucoidan Health News October: How to Manage the Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Preparing for your first chemotherapy, it can be scary and overwhelming. You might feel anxious and worried – and you are not alone. Everybody reacts differently to chemotherapy, and also the seriousness of side effects can vary.
So, we asked experts and patients for tips to manage the side effects of chemotherapy. You may try these tips, and find that the process of going through the treatment is not as painful as you feared.
Change your eating habits to relieve nausea and vomiting
- Eat foods that are easier to digest, such as porridge, rice noodles, biscuits, etc.
- Avoid strong odors, such as cooking fumes, perfume, smoke, etc.
- Take your meals in small portions instead of normal portions, chew slowly to increase nutrient absorption.
Chemo brain is a cognitive abnormality caused by chemotherapy, affecting memory, attention, and information processing
- Use a daily scheduler or diary to help manage everyday life.
- Train to improve memory by reading, reciting, or playing word puzzles.
- Pay attention to your sleep quality and take notes.
Your appetite will reduce after chemotherapy begins as your taste buds on your tongue begins to change. You’ll experience decreased sensitivity to sour and sweet and increased sensitivity to bitterness
- Rinse your mouth before eating; it can increase moisture and reduce odor.
- If the taste of your favorite foods turns differently or disgusts you, avoid eating them.
- If the food tastes metallic, avoid using metal utensils and switch to plastic utensils for storage.
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF – sometimes simply called “cancer fatigue”) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatments. CRF is different from regular fatigue, which usually goes away if you simply rest or sleep
- Take frequent and short rests during the day. Rest before fatigue.
- Regular moderate exercise can improve your appetite and sleep and help alleviate fatigue.
- Prioritize your tasks and conserve your energy.
Many patients implement alternative therapies into their care along with conventional cancer treatment.
- Acupuncture might help relieve nausea as well as vomiting.
- Take nutritional supplements to make up for your loss of appetite and energy.
- Learn to meditate and practice deep breaths. It will relax your mind and body.
Do your research, ask your doctor to see if they are safe for you to try!
Understanding side effects, arranging treatment plans, communicating with doctors, and maintaining a positive attitude surely helps one regain their smile. Fucoidan Umi No Shizuku is here to support you throughout your journey. Please get in touch with us for any concerns and questions.
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