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General Side Effects - Chemo and Radiation Side Effects - Treatments

Chemotherapy and radiation can cause side effects that impact your skin, hair, mucous membranes, energy levels, appetite, and ability to think clearly. Learn how to take action and get proper treatment.
  1. Oral Side Effects (7)
  2. Neuropathy and Nail Care (6)
  3. Help For Hot Flashes (5)

Chemotherapy Drugs Can Cause Hair Loss
Chemotherapy can cause hair loss - it's a common side effect of chemo for breast cancer. But not every chemo drug will affect your hair. Here's a list of chemotherapy drugs used for breast cancer, ranked by the risk of hair loss. Learn more about chemotherapy and hair loss here.

10 Best Things To Do During Chemo
Here are 10 ideas for how to pass your time during a chemo infusion. When you're stuck in an infusion chair with an IV line, you can still make good use of your time.

Breast Cancer Pain Management
Breast cancer pain can occur as bone pain, or as location-specific pain at a tumor site. Breast cancer pain can also be diffuse, and hard to describe to your doctor. But this pain can be treated - learn more about treatments for breast cancer pain, both home remedies, professional care, and alternative therapies.

Lidocaine Gel Eases Mammogram Pain, Needle Sticks, and Other Pains
Lidocaine (Xylocaine) gel is a local anesthetic. Researchers have shown that a 4% gel of Lidocaine can ease the pain of a mammogram procedure. It can also lessen the pain of a needle stick, and other pains related to cancer therapies. Read more to learn some uses of Lidocaine.

Melatonin and Breast Cancer
Getting a good night's sleep affects your health - but how can you sleep well while you're in treatment for breast cancer? Melatonin may help you - it is a non-prescription, natural hormone that promotes sleep, and may help suppress estrogen and slow down tumors. Learn more about melatonin.

Premature Menopause Caused by Treatments for Breast Cancer
Many of the treatments for breast can save your life, but will also drop-kick you into menopause - sometimes called chemopause, or medical menopause. After treatment, you may regain your fertility, or you may be in premature menopause. Learn how to plan ahead.

Breast Cancer's Impact on Sleep
During and after treatment for breast cancer, many things can keep you awake. Hormonal patterns are interrupted, emotions are churning, other side effects intrude, and your sleep may diminish in quality and quantity. Learn some ways to cope with loss of sleep during treatment for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer-Related Fatigue
Fatigue is often a problem for people with breast cancer, during and after treatment. If you experience breast cancer treatment fatigue, remember that you're not alone and that it's a legitimate (and legitimately frustrating) aspect of cancer. Although there's no way to measure fatigue, you deserve support as you cope with breast cancer treatment fatigue.

Breast Cancer Treatments and Loss of Appetite
Treatment for breast cancer can wreck your appetite, due to changes in smell, taste, and damage to mucous membranes in your digestive system. Learn more about loss of appetite and how to cope during treatment.

The Basics of Lymphedema After Breast Cancer
Lymphedema occurs if you have had lymph nodes removed during breast cancer surgery. Your lymphatic fluid may build up in the area where nodes are missing, and cause swelling. Learn more about lymphedema and treatments for it.

Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting - ANV
Anticipatory nausea and vomiting can develop during chemotherapy treatment. Learn about how it happens, about prevention and treatment. Seek help for anticipatory nausea.

Nausea tips - use ginger to help during recovery
Do you sometimes have ongoing nausea after a chemotherapy infusion? Here are some tips about ginger that may help you.

Chemo Primer Tips - Before Your First Chemo Treatment
If you're about to go for your first round of chemotherapy, you may have lots of questions, and some fears. Here's some tips on what do to, in order to have a good experience, and prevent problems afterward.

Chemobrain, a Side Effect of Chemotherapy
If you’ve had chemotherapy and feel mentally foggy, you might have chemobrain. This isn't "just in your head." You can learn how to cope with chemobrain, during and after treatment.

Can I go out in the sun when I'm undergoing chemo for breast cancer?
During summer, family and friends may want to visit the beach, float in the river, or swim in the pool. If you're having chemotherapy for breast cancer, you don't have to be left out of these fun times--but because you may be at higher risk for sunburn, please take good care of your skin. Here are some summer skin care tips.

Breast Cancer and Complementary Therapy
Complementary Therapies are natural ways to deal with the side effects of breast cancer treatment. Learn new ways to feel better and improve life during and after treatment.

Coping With Stress During Breast Cancer
A breast cancer diagnosis creates stress, but you can develop skills for coping. Learn which common things cause breast cancer stress, and coping strategies. Having stress coping skills helps prepare you to be a breast cancer survivor.

Top 10 Self Care Tips During Breast Cancer Treatment
Only you know exactly how you feel during treatment for breast cancer. The treatments affect all of you - body, mind, soul, and spirit. Taking care of all aspects of yourself, or asking for help, is important while you're fighting this disease. Here are some ways to take care of yourself.

Triple Mix – Treatment for Oral Mucositis
Triple Mix is a combination of three liquids that treat and soothe oral and esophageal mucositis, a side effect of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Mucositis can be quite painful, and Triple Mix can cut the pain. Read more about Triple Mix, a prescription solution.

Mucositis – Prevention and Treatments for Mucositis
Chemotherapy-induced mucositis is the inflammation of your mucous membranes, which are tissues that line your digestive system – all the way from your mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum to your anus.

Mucositis - Definition of Mucositis – Side Effect of Chemotherapy
Mucositis is the inflammation of your mucous membranes, which are tissues that line your digestive system. It is also called stomatitis.

Peripheral Neuropathy And Chemotherapy Drugs
Neuropathy during chemotherapy can become very bothersome. Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy - CIPN - is a treatment side effect caused by certain chemotherapy drugs. See a list of chemo drugs that can cause neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemotherapy
Breast cancer patients may have peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. Talk with your doctor to get help for chemotherapy caused peripheral neuropathy. Learn more about chemo and neuropathy here.

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatments
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by certain chemotherapy drugs. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can be treated.

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