Managing Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects - dummies

Managing Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects

By Alan P. Lyss, Humberto Fagundes, Patricia Corrigan

Part of Chemotherapy and Radiation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don’t panic and assume that since you’re undergoing chemo or radiation that you will experience every possible side effect. Cancer patients experience treatments differently, but most experience nausea and dehydration. Here are some tips for managing them:

For nausea:

  • Take your anti-nausea medications.

  • Eat something before you get out of bed in the morning.

  • Avoid spicy foods.

  • Eat several small meals, and take small bites.

  • Take in some protein.

  • Stay away from sweets.

For dehydration:

  • Sip small amounts of fluids.

  • Drink from a straw.

  • Stick to unsweetened fruit juices.

  • Defizz carbonated drinks.

  • Settle in with a cup of peppermint tea.

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks.