While chemotherapy can be an effective treatment for cancer, it usually comes with side effects. In this video, Dr. Keri Peterson discusses coping with chemo, including different physical problems such as sores in your mouth, nausea and vomiting, and loss of hair.
Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. It's more than just feeling tired- it's exhaustion, even when you've slept. When fatigue becomes an issue, there are some strategies to help. First, don't push yourself. You may need to decrease some activities and plan your days in advance to spread out tasks. Next, stay hydrated.
Chemotherapy is one of the toughest things that anyone can go through, so ask questions, work with your doctor, and get the support you need.
Cancer Chemotherapy. Rockville, MD.: National Cancer Institute, 2009. (Accessed October 15, 2009 athttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cancerchemotherapy.html.)
Chemotherapy and You: Support for People with Cancer. Rockville, MD.: National Cancer Institute, 2007. (Accessed October 15, 2009 athttp://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/chemotherapy-and-you/page2.)