A diagnosis of blood cancer usually comes with a lot of changes to ones life and that of loved ones. People with blood cancers have to cope with:
- changes in their functionality: fatigue, pain, deformities
- complications of the condition: infections, paralysis
- side effects of medications: nausea, vomiting, hair loss
- nutritional problems: loss of appetite, weight loss, malnutrition
- effect on mental health: depression, anxiety
- effect on fertility
And many more.
We will help you navigate through all these challenges with useful tips on how to cope with blood cancer.
coping with blood cancer
Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting affect patients across all cancer types, particularly those who undergo targeted radiation or chemotherapy. They remain among the most dreaded side effects of treatment. Nausea is characterized by an uneasy sensation that comes in waves in the back of the throat and/or stomach. It is often, but not always, accompanied by vomiting.
Nutrition is important for good health and a vital component to the healing process. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after cancer treatment can help the patient feel better and stay stronger. A healthy diet includes eating and drinking enough of the foods and liquids that have the important nutrients which the body needs. Examples of these nutrients are vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and water.