During the journey through cancer treatment, people may have difficult side effects from treatment or painful symptoms from cancer. At the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center, we help you manage these symptoms to make your treatment as comfortable and successful as possible.
Our advanced practice nurse navigators work closely with your doctors to arrange medications that help prevent anemia, nausea and pain.
There are many ways to manage pain, and we work with you to help control pain early. We encourage a complementary approach to pain management, including effective and safe medications, guided imagery, healing touch, massage and acupuncture.
For patients who have fatigue or low red blood cell counts, we provide blood transfusions in our infusion center.
Our dietitians work with you and your family to design eating plans that help reduce dehydration, diarrhea, nausea, constipation or loss of appetite.
Preventive measures are the best way to deal with constipation, although medications can also be prescribed. Some ways to help prevent or relieve constipation include:
- Eating fiber-rich foods
- Taking laxatives
- Drinking enough fluids
- Light exercises
Light or medium exercise with a lot of rest breaks in between can often help with fatigue. It’s also important to:
- Prioritize what needs to be done first and let other things wait
- Spread your activities throughout the day rather than trying to get things done all in one session
Many symptoms and side effects during cancer treatment can be reduced or avoided completely. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop the best symptom management plan for your needs.
For more information, see the American Cancer Society’s page on the physical side effects of cancer treatment.