As much as we’d like to say that on the day of your last treatment, everything will go back to the way it was before cancer, that just isn’t so. Here are some things to know as you live like a lady post-cancer:
- If you had lymph nodes removed, you will likely experience bouts of lymphedema for the rest of your life. Make sure to avoid tight fitting garments, blood pressure cuffs, etc., on your affected arm or other area. Wearing compression garments on the affected area during air travel is a good idea.
- Avoid heat treatments near the site of your cancer. Heat speeds up metabolic processes, and since cancer is metabolic in nature, there is concern that heat from heating pads, etc., may stimulate cancer growth.
- It takes a while for your skin to recover from chemo and radiation. Continue to moisturizer and drink plenty of water.
- Your energy level and sense of taste will come back over time. So will your hair.
- Limited mobility might be a life-long side effect of treatment. Neuropathy from chemo treatments, medications, and/ or surgical implications is often the cause. Ask your doctor for a referral to a physical or occupational therapist if mobility or pain with movement is a problem.
- Fear of cancer returning is always a concern. Call your doctor if you experience any new or different symptoms. Be prepared to continue to undergo regular tests, including blood work and scans.
- Continue to take prescribed medications post-treatment. While it is a painful reminder of the cancer, there is medical rationale behind doing so.
- LIVE RADIANTLY. Fully live your life to regain your normal as you define it.