Cancer Hacks to Combat Side Effects

Many of you know that I am undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I am in fantastic hands and am grateful to my friends in the health care industry that have leant to me some amazing information to help keep me feeling good. Treatment can definitely be challenging but having my loving family by my side and the support of my friends is everything. The following is a list of things I am dong to help support the unwanted side effects of treatment.

Cancer Hacks to Combat Side Effects

Side Effect:

Deep pain that can be felt in your bones

Hack:

I use a pain management combo of Claritin and Aleve. I don’t know why this combination works, but it does. I start taking them the day before treatment and I start hydrating two days before treatment. Drinking half my body weight in ounces of purified water per day for maximum hydration. This combination helps with pain.

Side Effect:

Vaginal irritation

Hack:

I use boric acid suppositories, as needed. I also monitor my vaginal pH because I want the right bugs and vaginal flora. I also use a vagisil sensitive cream with an anti fungal mixed together. Vaginal irritation is possible related to the steroid use I am on to boost my immune system

Side Effect:

Dry Skin

Hack:

Baking soda baths. Taking these baths helps your skin to feel really soft and moisturized. It also helps promote detoxification within the lymphatic system so it can better process the chemotherapy.

Side Effect:

Constipation

Hacks:

I like drinking beet juice and eating beets. I also take Smooth Move Tea on occasion as well as SeneKot S that’s a pill form of stool softener. I’ll take an overnight cleanse pill that’s mostly magnesium if I really can’t go. Something like Milk of Magnesia, Magnesium Citrate, and Miralax all will do the trick.

Side Effect:

Mouth sores & dryness

Hacks:

I swish with a mixture of 8oz of water and 1tsp fo baking soda & salt multiple times per day. I was also prescribed the “magical mouthwash” I can dab that on the sores and gargle/swallow to help with my esophagus.

Side Effect:

Dry nasal passages

Hack:

AYR saline spray and nasal gel. I take the nasal gel and apply it to a q-tip to moisturize my nostrils. <<CLICK HERE>>

Side Effect:

Fatigue

Hack:

Good old-fashioned sleep and naps, lots of naps. I am fully giving myself permission to rest as I need it. Recovery and recuperation are essential to the healing process.

Side Effect:

Joint Pain

Hack:

CBD Balm by the grön company. If I have any especially achy joints I use this CBD Balm for instant relief. <<CLICK HERE>>

I hope you have found these hacks helpful! Cancer treatment is not fun, but with the right tools it can become more tolerable. It’s so important to my treatment plan that I stay feeling strong and happy!

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Tessa

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