The side effects of cancer treatment can be serious. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms. Your doctor may also give you medicines to help you with certain side effects.
- Home treatment for nausea or vomiting includes watching for and treating early signs of dehydration. Signs include a dry mouth, sticky saliva, and reduced urine output with dark yellow urine. Eating smaller meals may help. A little bit of ginger candy or ginger tea can help too.
- Home treatment for diarrhea includes resting your stomach and being alert for signs of dehydration. Check with your doctor before using any nonprescription medicines for your diarrhea.
- Home treatment for constipation includes making sure that you drink enough fluids and include fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet each day. Don't use a laxative without consulting your doctor.
Other symptoms that can be treated at home include:
- Sleep problems. If you find that you have trouble sleeping, learn ways to manage sleep problems, such as having a sleep routine and making sure your bedroom is dark and quiet.
- Fatigue . If you don't have any energy and tire easily, try some tips to help your fatigue. These include getting extra rest, eating a balanced diet, and reducing your stress.
- Urinary problems, which can be caused by both cervical cancer and its treatment. It may help to remove caffeinated drinks from your diet and to establish a schedule of urinating every 3 to 4 hours, whether you feel the need or not.
- Hair loss . Hair loss may be unavoidable. But using mild shampoos and avoiding damaging hair products will reduce irritation of your scalp.
- Stress. Managing stress may include expressing your feelings to others. Learning relaxation techniques may also be helpful. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, and support groups may help too.
- Pain. Not all forms of cancer treatment cause pain. But if you do have pain, there are many home treatments that can help.
Problems after hysterectomy may include:
- Pelvic weakness. Kegel exercises can help strengthen the pelvic muscles.
- Vaginal dryness. Lubricants, such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly, may help. Or talk to your doctor about a low-dose vaginal estrogen cream, ring, or tablet.
- Pain during sexual intercourse if your vagina was shortened during surgery. Changing positions may help make sex less painful. Talk with your doctor if you have any problems during sex that you think may be related to your surgery.