Posts tagged “Side Effects”

14 Weird Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Weird Side Effects

Nose Bleeds

When we begin cancer treatment, we are sailing into “uncharted waters” — we’re about to being something that we’ve never done before. We’re nervous, even scared, about the side effects.

Most of us already know about the common side effects of cancer treatment:

Fatigue
Nausea or vomiting
Weight loss
Hair loss
Diarrhea
Compromised immune system

Many patients have a chemo orientation or their oncologist gives them a list of their medications and possible side effects (also...

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Chemo and Radiation's Effect on Your Eyes

by Jane Ashley

When we think of chemotherapy side effects, we think about nausea, fatigue and low blood counts. But did you know that some chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments may affect your eyes? From tearing to dry eyes to sensitivity to light, be sure to tell your oncologist about any changes to your eyes.

Eye Symptoms

How Can Chemotherapy Affect Our Eyes?

Chemotherapy and the steroids that help prevent side effects can cause eye problems.

• Cataracts. When the lens of your eye become cloudy, the cloudy...

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Getting our bodies back into condition after cancer treatment is an important part of survivorship. Rehabilitation after cancer treatment can help us regain what we thought we might have lost and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

Flexibility

Evidence shows that physical therapy after cancer treatment is underprescribed. We might only think of physical therapy as being for people who were injured in an accident or who had hip-or-knee replacement surgery.

You may not realize that physical therapy can...

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Low Platelets - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Nothing is more frustrating to hear on the morning of chemo than, “No chemo for you today. Your platelet count is too low.” The chemo that we once feared has become our friend. We want our chemo because we’re afraid for it to even be delayed for a week. We realize that chemo is our best hope to beat this.

Low Platelets

But now, our oncologist is telling us that we can’t have chemo today. So we’re wondering, “What are platelets? Why are they so important that I can’t have chemo if there are low?”

What are...

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The Consequences of Dry Mouth

by GregP_WN

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, including prescription drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, and other disorders and syndromes. These conditions can inhibit the production of saliva and result in a sticky or even burning sensation in the mouth. Dry mouth is more than a nuisance to those who experience it because they often struggle with day to day activities like speaking, eating, and even sleeping. 

Dry Mouth

Long-term consequences of dry mouth include the decay of teeth due to...

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5 Tips to Help You Feel More Like Yourself

by GregP_WN

When undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat cancer, you want as much as possible to feel like yourself. That can be practically impossible when you feel like garbage, losing your hair, and might be puffy from treatment medications.

5 Tips To Help You Feel More Like Yourself

There are still ways to hold on to “you” when cancer is a part of your life. Try and do a few things that will make you feel more like yourself. You aren’t your diagnosis. Here are 5 tips to help you feel more like yourself and hold onto feeling a little...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark

by GregP_WN

Cancer leaves a mark, in many ways. There are the inevitable scars from surgery, bruises from injections or treatments, skin burns and peeling from radiation, and then there are the mental scars, the flashbacks when you smell something or hear something, and even PTSD that never seem to go away. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

The average person on the street doesn't know or understand all of the ways that we are marked for life by cancer, because as many survivors say, "you can't understand it if you haven't been...

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12 Hard Truths About Having Cancer

by GregP_WN

When you hear the words that you have cancer, lots of things change. Some of them won't be that bad, but a lot of them will straight up suck. Saying that your life will never be the same again isn't a stretch. It's not ALL going to be terrible, but here are 12 hard truths about having cancer. 

12 Hard Truths About Cancer

1) Your Old Life Is Gone - From the time of your diagnosis until you're done with treatment and move on into survivorship, things will not be the same. Some people lose their jobs because of...

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24 Survivor's Tips to Better Handle Chemo and Radiation

by GregP_WN

You have been given the three-word sentence that none of us ever wants to hear... YOU HAVE CANCER! For many of us, your head is spinning and you may not even be able to hear anything else that the Dr. tells you after that. The information starts coming at you like water out of a hose drowning you in the face. 

24 Ways Tips To Better Handle Chemo And Radiation

They will tell you the type of cancer, the location, eventually, they will tell you the stage, and maybe a plan of treatment. One common part of treatment is chemotherapy. There...

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8 Tips For Battling Chemo Brain

by Brian English

The fogginess. The forgetfulness. The feeling of cluelessness. That’s chemo brain , one of the most frustrating side effects of cancer treatment. There’s even an official name for it – bet you didn’t know that. It’s called “Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment.”

Chemo Brain

Of course, cancer patients probably have some more colorful ways to describe the condition, but it wouldn’t be polite to print those here.

One of the problems with chemo brain is that because it’s been given a familiar name,...

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