Tips to Help You in Cancer Treatment

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Enjoy Sugar-Free Gum and Mints: You can suck on lemon drops, mints, gum, crystallized ginger, and even fennel or caraway seeds to ease nausea, dry mouth, and sensitivity to smells. Stay away from tart candies if you have mouth sores.


Skip Your Trigger Foods

Some things make your nausea or mouth sores worse than others. You’ll learn through trial and error which are best and worst for you. Common culprits include things that are fried, spicy, super sweet, extra salty, or hard and crunchy. 


Try Acupuncture or Acupressure

These ancient practices can relieve an upset stomach, pain, and stress by changing the messages nerves send to your brain. Special wristbands that press on pressure points can help ease nausea. You can get them at your local pharmacy. If you try acupuncture, go to a licensed practitioner who uses sterile needles.


Find Your Happy Place

You really will feel better if you get a handle on stress and take your mind off how you feel. Lots of things will do the trick. You just have to find the right one for you. Try deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, prayer, talking with friends, support group meetings, reading, or listening to music.


Protect Your Skin

Be extra kind to your skin during treatment. Use mild soaps and shampoos. Take short, warm or cool showers or baths. Put on a moisturizer with no perfumes or dyes at least twice a day – ideally after you bathe while your skin is still damp. If you’re out in the sun, use sunscreen and lip balm and wear a hat to protect yourself. And keep your nails clipped short.

Sleep Well: It may seem like you’re resting all the time, but you may not be sleeping as much as you need or at the times you want. All the stress, worry, and meds can create a perfect storm that makes it hard to get your ZZZs. Set a regular bedtime and waking time. Keep your bedroom dark and cool. Turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime 🙂 🙂

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