Going through breast cancer treatment can take a toll on you both physically and mentally. With strong treatments and drugs, there can be a surplus of side effects that leave you feeling ill, weak, or just not like yourself. But to help you focus on fighting and feeling your best, here are easy ways you can help manage your treatment side effects.
With different types of chemotherapy drugs or treatment in general, everyone reacts differently. Try these easy ways to help manage…
Nausea and Vomiting
- Eat small meals throughout the day rather than big meals.
- Try drinking apple juice, tea or ginger ale before or after you eat to settle your stomach.
- Avoid strong smelling foods like tuna or onions, as sometimes smells can make nausea worse.
- Avoid sweets, fried foods, or spicy foods as these can produce more stomach acid.
- Take short naps during the day, avoid taking long naps as these can disrupt your sleep cycle.
- Try exercising more, even a short walk around the neighborhood can help boost your energy.
Chemo Brain/Memory Loss
- Keep a planner/journal with you at all times. Write important things down to help you manage, whether it’s an appointment, your doctors name, or to-do lists. Keeping a journal can help ease any frustration that comes with forgetting.
- Avoid multi-tasking. It’s easy to forget things when your mind is focusing on more than one item at a time.
- During chemotherapy, your hair is extremely fragile. Avoid using hair products with harsh chemicals and try using soft-bristle brushes.
- If your scalp begins to feel tender and dry, try using a moisturizing shampoo to help relieve the dryness.