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Read articles about the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, as well as some ways to cope with side effects.
Dental health is a topic that may be overlooked in preparation for and during cancer treatment. Dental and oral health refers to the well-being of the entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, mucosa (lining of the mouth), and salivary glands (the glands that produce saliva).
Dehydration occurs when a person does not take in enough fluid or loses too much fluid. Without enough water, the human body cannot function properly. In particular, people undergoing cancer treatment may be at a higher risk for dehydration due to treatment side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Learning how to stay hydrated, and recognizing and treating dehydration before it becomes severe, are important steps for good health.
This article—the third in a three-part series—describes the side effects of this treatment.
Many people with cancer experience occasional sleep difficulties; for some, quality sleep is a nightly challenge. First, discuss any sleep concerns with a health-care provider and address any medical issues that could affect sleep. Then you can review any special recommendations for improving sleep with nonmedical approaches. This article provides specific strategies that can be used easily at home.
Healthy bones are essential to our overall well-being. Bones are not just hard structures that make up the skeleton network but living tissue that requires the same attention that we would give to organs such as the heart and lungs. This article provides information about promoting bone health during cancer treatment and addresses important issues regarding bone health, such as osteoporosis.
Cancer survivors commonly use the term “chemo brain” to describe difficulty thinking clearly after cancer treatment, even months or years later. Doctors may refer to such concentration and memory problems as cognitive changes or cognitive dysfunction. The chemo brain phenomenon is not well understood, but the frustrating symptoms are experienced by many patients who have received cancer treatment.