Current living 17 December, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute explains that the side-effects of chemotherapy can last for years after treatment has ended, affecting the quality of patients’ lives.
As the result of the nerves becoming numb, the processes involved in chemotherapy damage the nervous system and make people lose sensibility in their hands and feet, also causing muscle weakness, constipation and dizziness. This study indicates that these symptoms can last for years after treatment has ended. The advice is to alleviate these symptoms through alternatives that improve patients’ quality of life. Some options include:
- Stay positive. Throughout this process, it is essential to have the support of family and friends, as the importance of not feeling alone is vital. There are also therapy support groups and patient groups where cancer-support specialists are involved.
- Lead a balanced diet. Patients should not not miss out on a single nutrient in their diets. It is also good to do exercise that is appropriate for each person’s condition, as it helps patients focus their minds on other things.
- Regulate energy. After completing any task, rest for 15 minutes, but do not wait to reach exhaustion to stop the activity.
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