How to Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation can fatigue your body, but a few tips can help you deal with the side effects.

Instructions

  • : Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
  • Step 1: Relax Take time to relax throughout the day. Take small naps instead of sleeping for long periods.
  • Step 2: Eat healthy Provide your body with a healthy diet to keep your energy up. Add different seasonings, marinades, and other ingredients to increase the flavor.
  • TIP: Talk to your doctor if vomiting or nausea affects your eating habits.
  • Step 3: Drink fluids Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Step 4: Eat super foods Avoid dairy products, foods high in fiber, and spicy foods if diarrhea occurs. Eat foods high in potassium, such as potatoes, bananas, and apricots.
  • Step 5: Exercise Perform light exercises throughout the week at first, and steadily increase the intensity. This will help fight fatigue caused by chemotherapy.
  • Step 6: Contact doctor Contact your doctor if you experience loss of balance, confusion, shortness of breath, blood in your stool, or passing out.
  • FACT: Research suggests that eating foods such as broccoli, berries, and garlic may be effective in cancer prevention.

You Will Need

  • Naps
  • Healthy diet
  • Seasonings and marinades
  • Fluids
  • High-potassium foods
  • Exercise
  • Doctor

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