As with other cancer treatments, radiation causes unpleasant side effects, such as fatigue, skin irritation, and hair loss. It’s important that you take special care of yourself in order to maintain your health and emotional state during radiation treatment. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that stay strong during this time.
Get Plenty of Rest
During radiation treatment, it’s common to feel more tired than usual. You can combat the fatigue by sleeping a full 8 hours each night. If possible, take a nap during the day. Understand that severe tiredness may last for many weeks after treatment ends.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Improve your immune system by enjoying a healthy, balanced diet every day. Decrease the amount of added sugar you eat each day, as cancer cells feed off of the chemical that added sugars produce. Your doctor may suggest changes in your diet, so be sure to ask his/her opinion.
Protecting Your Scalp
When you begin to lose your hair, your scalp may feel tender or even swollen. Covering your head with a scarf, wearing a hat, or selecting a wig are just a few ways you can feel more comfortable as the hair loss worsens. Many radiation patients experience hair growth after treatment, however, the hair may grow back differently than before.
Do Not Become Discouraged
Understand how common it is to experience stress during radiation treatments. Seek cancer support groups in your area and talk to other women who have similar experiences. Discuss further treatment options with your doctor and look to friends and family for constant support.
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