Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Home Treatment Managing side effects
During your treatment, you can help manage your side effects and symptoms at home.
If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat these problems, be sure to also use them.
Try home treatments for:
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Nausea or vomiting, such as ginger tea, peppermint candy or gum. Be sure to drink enough fluids so that you
don't get dehydrated. Pain, such as over-the-counter pain
relievers, heat packs, or cold packs. Talk to your doctor before using any home treatment for pain. To learn more, see the topic
Cancer Pain. Diarrhea, such as taking small, frequent sips of water and bites of salty crackers. Constipation, such as getting plenty of water and fiber in your diet. Don't use a laxative without first
talking to your doctor.
Other problems that can be treated at home include:
Sleep problems. If you have trouble
sleeping, try having a regular bedtime, getting exercise daily, and avoiding
caffeine late in the day. Feeling very tired. If you lack energy or become weak easily, try to get extra rest. Plan your schedule to
make the most of the energy you have. Mouth sores. Watch what you eat and drink. Rinse your mouth regularly with mouthwash or a liquid
In general, healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough
exercise may help control your symptoms. Managing stress
Having cancer can be
very stressful. Finding new ways to handle stress may help you feel better.
For example, you could:
Try techniques to reduce your stress, such as yoga and visualization exercises. Talk about your feelings. Your cancer
treatment center may offer counseling services and support groups. Ask your doctor to help you find other sources of support and information.
feelings about your body may change after treatment.
Dealing with your body image may involve talking
openly with your partner about your worries and discussing your feelings with a
Contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society
to find a support group. Talking with other people who have had similar
experiences can be very helpful.
Having cancer can change your life in many ways. For help with managing these changes, see the topic
Getting Support When You Have Cancer.