Home treatment can help you manage the side effects that may
occur from your treatment. Some treatments for melanoma, such as taking interferon or having chemotherapy, can have serious side effects. If your doctor gives you instructions or medicines to
treat these side effects, be sure to follow them. 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.
Sunscreen Use and Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation Avoidance
There is inadequate evidence to determine whether the avoidance of sunburns or the use of sunscreen alters the incidence of cutaneous melanoma.
Magnitude of Benefit: Unknown.
Study Design: Primarily cohort or case-control studies. A post-hoc analysis of one randomized controlled trial of regular sunscreen use (vs. use at the personal discretion of the control group) suggested a possible decrease in melanoma...
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
Sleep problems. If you find you have trouble sleeping, you may
sleep more easily if you have a regular bedtime, get some exercise during the
day, avoid caffeine late in the day, and try other methods to
relieve sleep problems.
Not all forms of cancer or cancer treatment cause pain. If
pain occurs, many treatments are available to relieve it. If your doctor has
given you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them. Home
treatment may help to
reduce pain and improve your physical and mental
well-being. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any home treatment you use
The diagnosis of melanoma 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 may also help you reduce your
Your feelings about your body may change following a
diagnosis of melanoma 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 additional support and information.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 08, 2011
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