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To your health,

The Avera Staff


Chemotherapy (chemo), a cancer treatment, destroys cancer cells in the patient's body. In the process, healthy cells also can be affected. Some cancer patients notice few changes during chemo, while others may have side effects. The following are ways that some cancer patients undergoing chemo have coped with the treatments.

Know possible side effects. While some cancer patients find that chemo treatments result in few side effects, others might be fatigued, nauseated or anemic, which are all common side effects of chemo. Your doctor can tell you what to expect from your treatments, such as the possible severity and occurrence of the side effects. Be sure to ask when to seek medical help for side effects.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Avera has a team of cancer experts who want to address your concerns. It's normal to be nervous about treatments of any kind, and staff members are there to answer your questions. Doctors can speak to your medical concerns, of course, but Avera also has counselors, nutritionists and pastoral care professionals available, depending on your needs.

Take care of yourself. Stay positive during treatments. Keeping a good attitude will help you through difficult aspects of chemo. Eating nutritiously will help keep your body strong during treatments, and exercising can be helpful if your doctor recommends it. Listen to your body since chemo might affect your energy level. If you're feeling fatigued, be sure to slow down so your body can heal.

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Avera has many organized support groups that patients can join at any time during or after treatments. Some people find that talking to other cancer patients helps since they are having similar experiences that someone without cancer may have difficulty understanding.

In addition to mental and emotional affirmation, support groups sometimes provide information on cancer and its treatments. Some support groups have educational sessions to inform patients and keep their spirits up.

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