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. In general, healthy habits such
as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help
control your symptoms.
Home treatment for nausea or vomiting
includes watching for and treating early signs of
dehydration, such as having a dry mouth or feeling lightheaded when you stand up. Eating smaller meals may help. So can a little bit of ginger candy or ginger tea.
Home treatment for fatigue includes
making sure you get extra rest while you are receiving chemotherapy or
radiation therapy. Let your symptoms be your guide. You may be able to stick to
your usual routine and just get some extra sleep. Fatigue is often worse at the
end of treatment or just after treatment is completed.
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Hair loss. This can be emotionally
distressing. Not all chemotherapy medicines cause hair loss, and some people
have only mild thinning that is noticeable only to them. Talk to your doctor
about whether hair loss is an expected side effect with the medicines you will
Poor appetite. Healthy habits such as eating a
balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise can help control your
symptoms. To prevent weight loss and to conserve your strength, eat well during
treatment for testicular cancer.
Sleep problems. 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
Testicular cancer and its treatments do not always cause
pain. If you have pain, there are many options to relieve it. If your doctor
gives you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them. Home
treatment for pain, such as a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) or
an alternative therapy, such as
biofeedback, may improve your physical and mental
well-being. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any home treatment you use for
pain. For more information, see the topic
The diagnosis of testicular cancer and the need
for treatment can be very stressful. You may be able to reduce your stress by
expressing your feelings to others. Learning relaxation techniques, such as
yoga, may also help you reduce stress.
Your feelings about your body may change following a diagnosis of testicular
cancer and the need for treatment. Adapting to your body image changes may
involve talking openly about your concerns with your partner and discussing
your feelings with your doctor. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to
groups that can offer support and information.