Chemo Tips

If you’re about to have chemotherapy, you might be wondering what to expect from this.
Patients and caregivers want to share their advice for getting ready for chemotherapy – and the side effects that can sometimes come with it.

Bring things around that bring you comfort.It can be your favorite blanket, a tasty snack, your best friend, a good book, or whatever brings you the most comfort and keeps you busy while you wait.

Stay hydrated
Diarrhea, vomiting, and other chemotherapy side effects can leave you dehydrated. Not only can this deplete your energy levels, but it can also lead to other health issues.
So, be sure to drink plenty of water during treatment. Decaffeinated tea, juices, and milk can also help.

Eat when you can
Chemotherapy can cause nausea and appetite loss, so it’s important to eat when you can to avoid becoming malnourished. Remember that many foods may taste different as you go through treatment. For some patients, food can have a metallic aftertaste during and after chemotherapy.

Prevent nausea
Many patients experience nausea during and after chemotherapy. So, take nausea prescriptions as directed before each treatment so that they’ll work quickly and effectively.
Popsicles, mints, or gums, as well as getting some fresh air, may also provide a little relief.

Take good oral care
Painful mouth sores can sometimes happen. So, it’s important to take any suggestions from your care team to prevent it.

Don’t forget to go easy on yourself, pay attention to any possible side effects, and share your questions and concerns with your care team.

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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