Undergoing cancer treatments can be exhausting both emotionally and physically. There are many people who have been diagnosed with cancer who wonder what they can do to make the process easier on themselves. Here are some things that you can do when being treated for cancer to make the process more bearable.
1. Prepare For The Nausea
One of the biggest complaints of people undergoing cancer treatments is the nausea. If you are getting chemo, you should expect to have a good deal of nausea as the side effect. This is why many people take the time beforehand to prep themselves. This might include talking to the doctor about getting a prescription medication that can help reduce that side effect, so it is on hand when you need it and you don't have to wait for the doctor or pharmacy to fill it. Another thing people do is get acupuncture either during the chemo or right after. Acupuncture can help trigger the right pressure points to avoid getting nauseous during and after the treatment.
Lastly, have certain foods on hand that help prevent the nausea. Baked potatoes, foods high in protein, foods with lots of B12, and so forth will keep your body healthy even though the medication might cause nausea.
2. Have Support
It is important to reach out during this time. You might be a person who doesn't like a lot of help or having people know that you are having a hard time, but this is not the time or place to try and do it alone. You need somebody there to help you physically, like drive you back and forth to treatments, and you might need someone to be present in your home after you recover. You shouldn't be alone right after a treatment. You also may need help with meals, getting ready, taking medications, and so forth. If needed, stay with family members or friends during this time.
3. Stay Busy In Between
The treatments usually come in waves. This means you will have times where you get a treatment and other times when you don't have to worry about it. During the off times, make sure you have something else to do so that the treatments don't take up your whole life. Plan a trip, do a project, or have something to look forward to.
By doing these things you can stay healthy and keep your spirits up during cancer treatment.