Coping with Chemotherapy Side Effects
posted by The Live Better Team | October 25, 2019
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year in the United States, there are about 650,000 cancer patients that receive chemotherapy from an outpatient oncology clinic. Patients who are receiving chemotherapy are at risk for different side effects depending on the treatment received and the individual’s state of health.
The purpose of chemotherapy is to travel throughout the body and attack fast-growing cells. This helps to deter the cancerous cells, but it also affects fast-growing, healthy cells. This is why side effects occur. The American Cancer Society provides this list of common side effects:
Many side effects go away fairly quickly, though some last longer than others. Here are some ways to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
The best thing to remember is that you are in charge of your health. Be aware of your body and if you find something unusual, tell your doctor.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.