Home treatment can help you manage any side effects that your treatment might cause. 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 constipation
includes gentle exercise along with getting enough fluids and having a diet that
is high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Check with your doctor before using a
laxative for your constipation.
Home treatment for fatigue includes making sure you get extra rest. Let your symptoms be your guide.
Fatigue is often worse at the end of treatment or just after treatment is
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 reduce your
Hair loss 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
Your feelings about your body may change following a
diagnosis of melanoma and the need for treatment.
Adapt to your body-image changes by
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 more support and information.