It’s important to replace those electrolytes

Many patients on chemotherapy experience nausea and vomiting, some more severely than others.  Vomiting and diarrhoea can also be caused by highly contagious viral infections. To function correctly, your body needs both water and electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium and chloride). Water helps to maintain body temperature, digest food and lubricate tissues and joints. Electrolytes, help …

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Keeping occupied at treatment

Some patients can relax and read at treatment and others work on their iPads or laptops. Often centres have wireless internet so you can catch up emails, facebook, instagram or work etc. Be aware if using public internet. If you are into craft try knitting, crocheting or colouring books. Keeping occupied will help make time go …

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Managing cancer fatigue

Cancer fatigue is different from everyday tiredness and can happen suddenly. Everything can seem overwhelming, an effort, very frustrating and affect your moods.  You feel so tired and lacking energy that even your general day-to-day living become difficult. Resting does not always help but listen to your body and go by how you feel,  If you need a …

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Be on a winner with…..

We know the importance of good skincare and moisturising during chemotherapy and radiation.  Super-hot showers and baths can be tempting but experts recommend using lukewarm water instead! Hot water can dry out your skin and strip it of the natural oils it produces leading to a loss of moisture. Use gentle products that minimise the chance of …

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Hydralyte is the best thing to ensure that you replenish all of your electrolytes back into your body if you are dehydrated. You might not be drinking enough fluids during illness and things get off-balance.  Some of the signs of dehydration can be increased thirst, decreased urine output and feeling lethargic. To function correctly, your body needs …

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Feeling wiped out?

Feeling whole body tiredness or weakness, lacking energy (fatigue) and being exhausted mentally or emotionally are some of the most common and often the most debilitating side effect of chemotherapy.   Cancer-related fatigue is different from everyday tiredness and can happen suddenly. Normally when you feel tired you get some sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and okay. Resting does not …

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