Managing Other Health Problems When You Have Cancer

If you have chronic medical conditions (coexisting conditions) in addition to cancer, it’s important to manage them effectively and discuss them with your oncologist.

How Cancer Can Impact Coexisting Conditions

It’s common for cancer patients, especially those over 65, to have other chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disease, or kidney disease.
Cancer treatments or medications can negatively affect these conditions. For example, some treatments can worsen high blood pressure or cholesterol, chemotherapy can increase lung inflammation in those with lung disease, and chemo side effects like nausea or vomiting can make blood sugar management harder for diabetics.

Additionally, a coexisting condition can influence how your cancer is treated.

Communicating With Your Oncologist

When meeting your oncologist, bring your personal medical records, which provide information about your coexisting conditions and current medications. Mention any past and current health issues, even if they seem unrelated to your cancer care.

Managing Your Conditions

Use a calendar or phone alarms to stay organized, and enlist family and friends to help if needed. Inform your oncologist about any changes in your health or medications, as these can impact your cancer treatment.

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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