Life in Remission
Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy can be extremely overwhelming and painful. Although these treatments help heal your body, they affect it in certain ways.
Loss of appetite
Breast Cancer Treatment can lower your food intake, thereby making it hard for you to get proper nutrition. To ensure providing nutrition to your body,
- Eat several smaller meals
- Try drinking smoothies or shakes as snacks
- Exercise regularly after consulting your doctor
Vomiting and Nausea
Nausea and Vomiting are the major side effects of Cancer Treatment. One can experience dense Vomiting while getting Chemotherapy or after it. Consulting your doctor to heal Nausea and Vomiting is best advised.
- Avoid citrus and greasy food
- Eat light foods like gelato, ice chips, etc. while nauseating
- Eat foods kept at room temperature
Cancer treatments can leave you feeling exhausted, weak, and tired. Moreover, they can also make you depressed and lower your appetite. Try maintaining healthy sleeping schedules. Getting 8 hours of sleep every day, along with avoiding caffeine intake, can help bolster your mood. Take short walks or do moderate exercise. Staying fit and regular exercising can play a vital role in eliminating Fatigue and exhaustion.
In many cases, Breast Cancer can leave your mouth and throat completely sore. Consulting your doctor to minimize the Pain is recommended.
- Eat smaller size foods
- Don’t consume spicy, salty, and citrusy foods
- Consult your doctor for medication to calm mouth soreness
Many women notice slight weight gain due to extensive Breast Cancer treatments. Dieting if you gain weight can be risky. Consulting your doctor is best advised. Many women diagnosed with Breast Cancer can gain weight from
- Lack of exercise
- Hormonal changes
- Depression and anxiety
Not all Breast Cancer treatments involve loss of hair. The loss of hair is directly dependent on the Chemotherapy type. Some women might notice thinning of hair while others might lose chunks of hair, along with eyebrows and eyelashes. The process can be steady or instant, depending on your Cancer Treatment. Making use of hair wigs can be helpful if you feel uncomfortable. However, on the brighter side, your hair will regrow properly after the Cancer Treatment is over.
Breast cancer treatments such as radiotherapy, ixempra, and Radiotherapy can cause skin discoloration, making it look like a bruise. Many Pain medications are said to cause skin discoloration. Skin discoloration can also be the cause of other side effects like a rash. It usually fades away after Cancer Treatment.
Urine discoloration takes place after Cancer Treatment. Usually, urine discharge is cloudy or darker. Bloody urine is another extreme side effect; consulting your doctor is extremely necessary in such cases. Sentinel lymph node surgeries include injecting blue dye into your system due to which it can drain out in the form of urine. Dehydration can also lead to darker urine. However, this does not indicate any harm to your body. Make sure to keep your body hydrated consistently.
Weak vision is a rare side effect of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, and other targeted therapies. A few of the eye problems you might experience are conjunctivitis, itchy and red eyes, watery eyes, double vision, and blurry vision.
- Blink frequently while using smart devices
- Wear your glasses rather than lenses to ease irritation
- Don’t rub your eyes as it can spread germs into the eyes
Vaginal dryness usually occurs in women after menopause. Breast Cancer in women with natural menopause and early menopause can cause vaginal dryness. The estrogen levels considerably drop due to which the vagina membranes get thinner, tight, and produce minimal lubricating fluid. Vaginal dryness usually occurs due to various cancer treatments including hormonal therapy and chemotherapy
- Use a lubricant to avoid the vagina from drying
- Make use of a vaginal moisturizer
Additional Side effects
Furthermore, the side effects of cancer treatments include sweating, swelling, change in smell and taste, urinary tract infection, scar tissue formation, runny nose, skin sensitivity, seroma, etc.