During treatment for any stage of
lung cancer, you can manage some side effects that may
accompany lung cancer or cancer treatment. If your doctor has given you
instructions or medicines to treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In
general, healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep,
and exercising regularly may help control your symptoms.
treatment may help relieve some common side effects of cancer treatment.
Home treatment for constipation includes gentle
exercise along with adequate intake of fluids and a diet that is high in
fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Check with your doctor before using a laxative
for your constipation.
Hair loss. You may be concerned about losing your hair
from cancer treatment. 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 of the medicines you
Sleep problems. If you find you have trouble sleeping, having a
regular bedtime, doing some exercise during the day, avoiding caffeine late in the day, and taking
other steps to
relieve sleep problems may help you sleep more
Loss of appetite or difficulty eating. Eating several small meals
throughout the day or eating soft, bland foods may help if you do not have an
appetite or if certain foods are difficult to eat.
Mouth sores (stomatitis) can be a side effect of certain
chemotherapy drugs. There are ways you can reduce your discomfort:
Drink cold liquids, such as water or iced tea, or eat
flavored ice treats or frozen juices.
Eat foods that are easy to swallow such as gelatin, ice
cream, or custard.
Drink from a straw.
Rinse your mouth several times a day with a warm saltwater
solution. You can make the saltwater mixture with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in 8 fl
oz (0.2 L) of warm water.
Do not eat or drink acidic foods, such as tomatoes or