Your chemotherapy sessions
Chemotherapy is given to you through an IV, over several minutes. You and your doctor will devise a treatment plan on how often you will recieve the chemotherapy drugs depending on how agressive and advanced your breast cancer is.
What to expect
- Hair loss - Nausea - Low blood cell counts - Increased chance of infections - Fatigue - Menstraul changes - Lack of concentration or focus
Ways to manage the side effects of chemotherapy
Hair loss - wigs, hats, staying clean
Memory changes - light exercise, deep sleep, use a calender to keep track
Low blood cell counts/ infections - Ask for G-CSF to stimulate blood cell regeneration, and antobiotics
Fatigue- Don't be afraid to rest and ask for help when needed
Nausea- Ask for anti-nausea medications before treatments
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