7 Side Effects of Cancer Treatment, and How to Cope with Them

Cancer is a chronic disease found in human body. It is a group of diseases formed by growth of abnormal cells and spread in different parts of the body. There are around 100 type of cancer found in human body like lung cancer, blood cancer, breast cancer and pancreas cancer etc. Cancer is a very painful disease and it’s treatment is also very painful and costly. Chemotheraphy, surgery, radiation therapy are the main cancer treatment and these are longterm in nature and also have some side effects which the patient has to suffer. Side effects may vary in patient to patient. Let’s discuss the side effects of the cancer treatment.

Falling: The patient feels very weak after the cancer treatment. The person who is not able to stand on their feet, or feeling weak having more chances to fall. The person has the more chances to fall when they try to stand on their feet after they wake up in morning or during the morning walk when they are not able to make their balance on their feet. Feeling week after the treatment is very common for the cancer patients, but they can cope with them if they simply ask for the help if they feel weakness or having confusion that they can stand on their feet or not. They can contact the doctor after they fall, so the doctor will help them to prevent from falling in future with the help of medicines and check if their is any injury due to falling.

Fever: If the patient feels warmer, or their body temperature is above 98.6 F. Then this could be sign of fever. Fever mainly formed by the infections or could be from growth of tumor. People who are undergo with the chemotherapy has the chances of getting fever as in this treatment the person are having more chances of getting infected and having less white blood cells in body who are responsible to fight with infection. If person having fever, they should check body temperature 4-5 times a day and make a record, person should drink lots of water, soups etc and also take rest for long hours.

Hair Loss: Hair is growing in several parts of human body with old hairs falls and new hair grows. In cancer treatment, some people may loose their hair when they take shower. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are responsible for hair loss. You have to talk to your doctor if you looses your hair after the cancer treatment, or you can use comb with soft bristles so during the comb your hair will not break. Do not use hair dryer, or any harmful products. You can also shorten your hair so they may not fall. You can also use hat during your visits outside as it is a common problem of hair loss after chemotherapy. You will have normal growth of your hair after the 3-4 months of chemothrapy and 6-8 months after the radiation therapy.

Vomiting: Vomiting is the common side effect for the cancer patients getting chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Vomitting empty your stomach. If you vomit first time after your treatment, you have to take medicines to deal with it. Many new medicines are available in market for vomitting. After you take medicines, there are less chances of vomitting. Vomitting happens with in 24 hours of chemotherapy. Vomiting is a actue disease happens after cancer treatment and can be manage easily.

Heart Problem: Person may be getting heart problems after chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Person having high risk of heart problems who are above 65 years, who having high doses of chemotherapy. Person must contact their doctor if they having the symptoms like shortness of breath, swelling on hands or on feet, dizziness, person getting radiation therapy also have more chances of heart problem, they will feel pain in chest and shortness of breath. Person suffering from arrhythmia may also have pain in head, chest pain and shortness of breath.

Bone and Joint Pain: Person getting chemotherapy, are having more chances to get osteoporosis, known as weakning of bones or joint pain. Immunotherapy also causes pain in joint and bones. Persons who are not physically well are having more chances of getting bone and joint pain. Cancer patients can lower their risk of bone and joint pain by not using the tobacco products, intake food having vitamin D, become physical active etc.  You can also take sunlight, which is a good source of vitamin D.

Diarrhea: Persons having chemotherapy having more chances of getting loose motion. It is temporary in nature. If you noticed the loose motion 3-4 times a day, or having blood in loose motion you can consult your doctor and they will might advice you to take medicine and you can also drink more water a day, take fruit juices, other liquids in a good quantity. Eat cooked vegetable, fruits. Eat your meals in short spans instead of taking large meals. Eat warm water instead of cold water. Do not use spicy foods. Avoid use of broccoli as it makes the gas in body. If you feel you need the medicine for it, you can ask with your doctor.

If a person is suffering from cancer, so they have to undergo with treatment like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is used commonly for treatment of cancer. Chemotherapy is known as the drungs used for prevent cancer cells from growing by killing them. Every  treatment having their side effects also. Sife effects comes just after the treatment or take some time to develop. Every person may have different side effects. You should consult with your cancer team so they help you to recover from the side effects as well. Most of the side effects like diarrhea, falling, fever etc are actue in nature and treat easily. So if you can undergo with painful treatment of cancer then you can also deal with the side effects.