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Chemotherapy: What To Do While In Treatment

Family, Friends And Chemotherapy

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Cancer isn't "catching," so you can be close to family and friends. Having chemo won't harm anybody else either. Depending on how your body reacts to the drugs, people may not notice you are on chemo at all. If you have side effects, your family and friends can do things to help. When someone asks, "How can I help?" have a few ideas ready.

  • You may not feel like eating very much, so ask family members to take turns cooking foods that you feel you can eat.
  • You might get tired after each treatment and need extra rest. Ask your family to do little jobs for you until you feel better.

Keep in mind that your family cares very much about you, and they may feel nervous about your chemo. Let your family and friends know how much their support means to you. Be honest about how you feel. Get into the habit of talking things over with your loved ones so they can share your ups and downs.

There will be times when the people closest to you feel tired or sad, too. You can help them feel better by reminding them how important they are to you. You can also point out how much their support and help means to you.

SURVIVORSHIP A TO Z NOTE: There are a few treatments that will require you to avoid close contact with loved ones for a short amount of time. If this is something you will have to do, your doctor will tell you about it when going over treatment options.

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