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Breast Cancer: Post Treatment 0 - 6 Months: Medical Care

What To Expect And Do After Chemotherapy

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Most side effects of chemotherapy don't do any lasting harm and will gradually go away after treatment finishes.

If you had chemotherapy, it is likely that your hair is gone and that you have either gained or lost weight. In fact, you likely feel worse at the end of treatment than you did when you were first diagnosed.

While it will happen eventually, it will take longer than expected to return to feeling normal - and much longer than you wish.

Don't be surprised if:

  • After chemo, you have aches and pains such as muscle stiffness and joint pain.
  • Arthritis develops suddenly (it may have been about to occur in any event).
  • You abruptly transition to menopause with hot flashes. They will eventually become less frequent and intense. Eventually they will stop all together.
  • You have headaches.
  • Fatigue continues for at least as long as the time between diagnosis and end of treatment. For tips  for coping with fatigue, click here.

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