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Caring for Yourself

  • Get plenty of rest during treatment.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders. Ask if you are unsure about anything or if you have questions about your treatments and side effects.
  • Tell your doctor about any medications or vitamins you are taking, to make sure if they’re safe to use during radiation therapy.
  • Eat a balanced diet. If food tastes funny or you’re having trouble eating, tell your doctor or dietician. They will work with you to help you make changes in your diet.
  • Keep very well hydrated by drinking eight, 8 oz, glasses of fluid daily. Jello, broth, sherbert, etc. are all considered to be part of your fluid intake.
  • Treat the skin exposed to radiation with special care. Stay out of the sun, avoid hot or cold packs, and only use lotions and ointments after checking with your doctor or nurse. When cleaning the area, use only water and a mild soap.
  • Battling cancer is tough. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, support groups and your radiation oncology team for help.
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