Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

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Cancer is a dreaded disease as it carries with it serious consequences, which can often be fatal. Cancer, if detected on time, can be treated but the treatment of cancer is not that simple. There are some side effects of cancer treatments which we must be aware about so that we can effectively deal with it.

Cancer is usually treated through radiations or chemotherapy. These therapies have their own set of drawbacks. To begin with, radiation therapy often leads to redness and rashes on the skin where the therapy took place. Similarly, chemotherapy has an adverse effect on the body’s white blood cells, thereby making a person vulnerable to various infections and ailments. Women undergoing chemotherapy can experience menstrual irregularities and hot flashes.

Along with the above given side effects, radiotherapy and chemotherapy also causes nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. In addition, people undergoing these therapies also often complain of hair thinning and hair loss.

Hormone therapy is also often used to treat cancer. Just like radiation and chemotherapy, hormone therapy too has certain side effects. The most common are nausea, swelling, and even infertility.

Given above are some of the common side effects of various cancer treatments. However, there are ways by which you can deal with these side effects. People suffering from skin problems should try to avoid the affected skin’s contact with sun rays and environmental pollution. In addition, there are some steroid creams that can provide relief. However, you should use these creams only after consulting your doctor.

Making some dietary changes can help in effectively dealing with the problems of nausea and vomiting which are the common side effects of cancer treatments. You should avoid excessive intake of salty and spicy food.

Given above are the various side effects of cancer treatments and also some ways by which you can effectively deal with such side effects.



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