Life in Remission
Remission is the state in which the cancer cells and symptoms can no longer be detected in the body. This state is also called NED or No Evidence of Disease. Remission can be temporary or permanent. Moreover, with the advancement of medical sciences, the rate of Blood Cancer returning has decreased.
- Fatigue: The most common side effect of cancer itself is that you will feel fatigued for days after the treatment. At such a time, it is important to listen to your body and rest when you have to. Also, try to remain active as much as you can to strengthen your bones.
- Infection and bleeding: After your treatment, your bone marrow is trying to recover through the blood cancer, and thus, the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and Platelets would be less than normal in your body. At such times, bleeding can occur, usually, through gums, etc. as Platelets are low. Also, your body is prone to infection and can heat up with a fever. Rest if you feel your temperature is rising.
- Change in taste and smell: Usually, after Chemotherapy and radiotherapy, one can experience some temporary change in their taste and smell. This lasts for months after Cancer Treatment but goes away with time.
- Hair loss: This is a common side effect of Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy. The treatment affects the hair of the whole body in a varying manner, though this effect is temporary and hair regrows after 3 to 6 months of treatment.
- Bowels: Chemotherapy may affect the lining of your bowels. If you experience Diarrhea after the treatment, tell your doctor immediately as this could be because of an infection.
- Nausea: A common side effect of chemotherapy, one may feel nauseous for days after treatment. One can ask for anti-sick tablets, which can help you not throw up every time you eat. One can also try eating smaller portions throughout the day instead of large meals.
- Mucositis: You may experience a sore mouth after a couple of days of treatment as Chemotherapy affects the lining of your mouth and gut as well. There is inflammation in the lining of the mouth, which can be eased with the help of painkillers. Moreover, one must take care to clean their mouth thoroughly to prevent any kind of infection in their mouth. This is also a temporary side effect and goes away once your blood count is back to normal.