Before you begin chemotherapy treatment, it may be wise to shave your head. As many people know, chemotherapy makes your hair fall out. What people do not know is that it does not all come out at once; it comes out in bunches. Shaving your head will prevent you from having hair in some spots but not others.
Chemotherapy is known to affect taste buds and make certain foods taste quite different. A lot of patients complain of water and meat tasting metallic. If some foods you like do not taste right, make substitutions for them, for instance, if you can’t eat beef, try chicken instead. If water has a terrible taste, add a lemon slice or try flavored water. You can also adding different seasonings to your food to see if you like them better.
Put traveling off for now! If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, it may be wise not to travel. First and foremost, you do not want to skip any treatments! Also, your immune system is weak and traveling – increases your risk of getting sick or getting an infection – which can cause major problems!
Chemotherapy may cause your mouth to develop ulcers. A good mouthwash and regular brushing will help you to keep this to a minimum. This small step will go a long way in preventing the very painful ulcers that will end up making it painful for you to eat, when it may already be difficult to do so.
If your cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, consider cutting your hair short. It is quite likely that your hair will fall out as a result of your treatments; get a cute cut and you will not be as shocked by your transformation when your hair begins to come out.
Beware that acne is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Many people do not realize this and chalk their acne up to hormones. There are many over-the-counter acne treatments that are effective for you skin. If your acne is very bad, your doctor may be able to prescribe a stronger medication.
Keeping your mouth clean while you’re experiencing chemotherapy is a must if you hope to prevent against mouth ulcers and even tooth loss. Failing to properly care for your mouth will cause cells inside of your mouth to rapidly divide and essentially tear up your mouth. Regular mouth wash can prevent this.
If you are undergoing chemotherapy, consider getting your hair cut short. There is a good chance that your hair is going to fall out from the treatment and there will be much less to lose if you cut it short. This will make it an easier transition for you in the case that it does fall out.
If you are having a hard time getting the nutrients you need through your diet it may be helpful to take nutrition supplements. It is important to talk to your doctor before starting any supplements. Some supplements can interfere with chemotherapy treatments and be harmful at high levels.
If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting from chemotherapy or other cancer related treatments, you may want to try the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). These foods are all bland and will help settle your stomach. It is important that you stay away from dairy products and foods that contain acid.
You want to know all you can about cancer so you not only know how to identify risks, threats, and signs, but also how to manage the disease properly. Avail of the advice in this article, but be sure to work with a capable and empathetic doctor too.