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Coping with Chemotherapy  

If you are undergoing chemotherapy the chance to not suffer its side effects is very minimal. Whether you are male or female, you have more chances to experience at least one of the adverse effects of chemotherapy: skin disorders, nausea, stomach and Intestinal (gastrointestinal) disorders , vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, temporary hair loss, etc. However, you can take steps to eliminate or reduce these effects and improve the quality of your life. During and after (weeks or even months) after chemotherapy, you can:   

  • avoid sun exposure; prolonged sun exposure can increase skin problems;   
  • consume a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables  
  • avoid alcohol consumption  
  • drink plenty of distilled water; this practice helps prevent dry mouth and kidney problems 
  • Relax; if necessary, take a nap in the afternoon. Regular afternoon nap helps prevent fatigue, boosts the brain capacity and the immune system.  
  • Chew sugar free chewing gun to keep your lips hydrated and your breath fresh;  
  • take frequent small meals containing cruciferous vegetables; 
  • if you have trouble, redness or swelling at the injection site, apply ice to it, and notify your doctor 
  • To reduce or prevent nausea and vomiting, drink iced tea or green tea to help your stomach to restore. Talk to your doctor about anti-nausea medications if the problem persists.  
  • eat plenty of fresh fruit especially strawberries, grapes, carrot, cantaloupe, apple, and peach 
  • avoid fried and fatty foods or highly scented foods (see chemotherapy diet); 
  • If you feel down, entertain yourself by watching a cartoon (Tom and jerry for instance). In addition, you can have a conversation with someone that can make you laugh. You can also read psalms and pray God.