10 chemotherapy tips from cancer patients who’ve been there

If you’re preparing for chemotherapy for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect. We asked our Facebook community to share their best advice for preparing for chemotherapy – and the side effects that come with it. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Get some rest Fatigue is the most common side effect experienced by cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy. So, get plenty of rest and avoid pushing yourself too hard, even if you feel good. Be patient with yourself and others since it may take some time to get back to your regular energy levels. And, remember that it’s OK to ask for help so that you can take it easy. 2. Stay hydrated  Diarrhea, vomiting and other chemotherapy side effects can cause you to become dehydrated. Not only can this cause you to have low energy, but it can also cause other health issues. So, be sure to drink plenty of water during your treatment. Decaffeinated tea, juices and milk can also help. If you’re having trouble consuming enough liquids or staying hydrated, talk to your care team. 3. Eat when you can Chemotherapy can cause nausea and appetite loss, so it’s important to eat when you can to avoid becoming malnourished. Keep in mind that many foods may taste different as you go through treatment. For some patients, food may have a metallic aftertaste during and after chemotherapy. 4. Create a sense of normalcy in your routine Stick to your normal routine as much as possible. That could be something as small as getting dressed up every day, or having a meal with...

10 chemotherapy tips from cancer patients who’ve been there

If you’re preparing for chemotherapy for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect. We asked our Facebook community to share their best advice for preparing for chemotherapy – and the side effects that come with it. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Get some rest Fatigue is the most common side effect experienced by cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy. So, get plenty of rest and avoid pushing yourself too hard, even if you feel good. Be patient with yourself and others since it may take some time to get back to your regular energy levels. And, remember that it’s OK to ask for help so that you can take it easy. 2. Stay hydrated  Diarrhea, vomiting and other chemotherapy side effects can cause you to become dehydrated. Not only can this cause you to have low energy, but it can also cause other health issues. So, be sure to drink plenty of water during your treatment. Decaffeinated tea, juices and milk can also help. If you’re having trouble consuming enough liquids or staying hydrated, talk to your care team. 3. Eat when you can Chemotherapy can cause nausea and appetite loss, so it’s important to eat when you can to avoid becoming malnourished. Keep in mind that many foods may taste different as you go through treatment. For some patients, food may have a metallic aftertaste during and after chemotherapy. 4. Create a sense of normalcy in your routine Stick to your normal routine as much as possible. That could be something as small as getting dressed up every day, or having a meal with...