chemotherapy

I’m exhausted

Fatigue and tiredness from chemotherapy can be a debilitating side effect. Some days it’s just too exhausting getting out of bed. Fatigue is a feeling of excessive whole-body tiredness.  It comes on suddenly without warning and is not related to activity or exertion. It is a complete lack of energy that is not relieved by sleep. Work …

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Cancer patients requiring chemotherapy sometimes require that tubes be placed into their body so that they can receive medications directly into the blood stream through a vein (intravenously). These tubes may be under the skin or outside the skin. To lower your risk of developing an infection, always follow your medical team’s instructions and keep your catheter or port clean and …

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Chemo and the sun are not friends

Summertime often means more time outdoors increasing exposure to the sun.  Unfortunately chemo and the sun don’t get along. A side effect of chemotherapy that many cancer patients express they feel the most is sun sensitivity. This “photosensitivity” occurs because agents in chemotherapy are radiosensitizers which help to impact treatment, but also increase the body’s …

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Fatigue

Feeling tired and lacking energy (fatigue) is the most common and often the most debilitating side effect of chemotherapy.  Cancer fatigue is different from everyday tiredness and can happen suddenly. Everything can seem overwhelming, an effort, very frustrating and affect your moods.  Your work and social life, relationships and general day-to-day living become difficult. Resting does not always help. It …

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