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Testicular Cancer - Home Treatment

Home treatment can help you manage the side effects that may occur from your treatment. Some treatments for testicular cancer, such as chemotherapy or radiation, can have serious side effects. Be sure to follow any instructions and take medicines given to you by your doctor.

Manage side effects

Finding out that you have cancer can change your life. You may feel like your world has turned upside down and you have lost all control. Talking with family, friends, or a counselor can really help. Ask your doctor about support groups. Or call the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or visit its website at www.cancer.org.

Practice healthy habits

Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms.

  • Eat well. Try to eat a balanced diet to prevent weight loss and to conserve your strength during treatment for testicular cancer.
  • Get enough sleep. If you find you have trouble sleeping, be sure to have a regular bedtime, get some exercise during the day, avoid caffeine late in the day, and follow other tips to help you sleep more easily.

Manage your feelings

  • Manage stress. This may include expressing your feelings to others. Learning relaxation techniques may also be helpful. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, and support groups may help too.
  • Understand hair loss. Hair loss can be emotionally distressing. Talk to your doctor about whether hair loss is an expected side effect with the medicines you will receive.
  • Accept your emotional reactions. Your reactions may make it harder to make decisions about your health. Talk with your doctor or others about your feelings.
  • Understand your feelings about your body and your sexuality. Your attitudes may change following treatment for cancer. Your doctor may be able to refer you to organizations that can offer additional support and information.

To learn more, see the topic Getting Support When You Have Cancer.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 04, 2013
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