Throughout your chemotherapy treatment and when it comes to an end we will continue to advise regarding how to manage chemotherapy and cancer-related side effects.
The greatest fear of our patients regarding chemotherapy is that they will have nausea or vomiting or lose their hair. We will certainly be candid with you about these possibilities. Fortunately, the medicines available to treat nausea and vomiting, which we give before and throughout the course of treatment, are often effective in preventing this unpleasant side effect. Hair loss is possible with some of our treatments, and we will certainly advise you if this is likely to be a side effect.
Other side effects from which our patients suffer include loss of energy and appetite. Various medications are available to help preserve energy and appetite as well. We will also provide regular consultations with a licensed dietician.
Another common side of chemotherapy is what is called "neuropathy." This can manifest as numbness, tingling, burning, or even weakness in the hands and feet. There are medications we can prescribe to help alleviate some of these symptoms. Other times we simply have to adjust the doses of chemotherapy drugs to minimize these side effects.
We are strong believers in the importance of regular exercise during and after chemotherapy. In support of this belief, we are avid supporters and contributors to the Cancer Foundation For Life.
Our nurses who provide the chemotherapy are also an excellent source of information for both life-style changes and medications that can help minimize treatment-related side effects. Please be candid and open with our entire staff regarding your problems so that we can give you the best available advice.