Autumn and May bring on colder weather and beanie time for some cancer patients on chemotherapy treatment. Coping with cold weather can be hard with extreme sensitivity to the cold. Don’t venture outside without a scarf and warm hat. With no hair you have no “insulation” on your head so cover up because much of your body heat will be lost through the head and shoulders. Make sure you keep your hands and feet warm by covering up in socks and gloves too.
Cold weather can also intensify pain that patients with peripheral neuropathy can experience. Numbness in the hands and feet can make patients more prone to frostbite because they don’t realize how cold their hands and fingers are. This may also cause falls because of the numbness in the patient’s feet. Some chemotherapy treatments and radiation therapy can affect your bones so extra care needs to be taken not to fall on the ice or slip on wet ground risking breaking bones.
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