Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation are designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells. These powerful drugs travel throughout the body and may affect healthy, normal fast-growing cells as well. The type of long-term side effects cancer survivors face and the severity differs between individuals. Some may experience minimal long-term effects, while others may experience moderate to severe long-term effects.
There are many different types of cancer and many different types of treatment. This combined with the fact that everyone’s body responds differently makes the possibilities of long-term side effects from cancer treatment endless. Let’s take a look at the most common long-term side effects:
For a man or woman in their childbearing years, a cancer diagnosis can come with a scary thought: will having children be possible? Fortunately, with improvements in treatment and fertility preservation options, having a baby after remission can become a reality for many cancer survivors.
The Risks of Infertility After Cancer
When it comes to whether or not you’re at risk for infertility after cancer, there really is no one-size-fits-all answer. Overall, the chances of remaining fertile depend on a variety of factors including the cancer type, the treatments you received, how your body responded, as well as the original fertility potential.
Some cancer patients face hair loss, also known as alopecia, as a result of cancer treatment. While this is a common side effect, losing one’s hair can still be a significant emotional challenge.
The good news is that this change in appearance usually doesn’t last forever. Most cancer patients see hair re-growth begin shortly after they are finished with treatment. Until that time, however, many people turn to head coverings such as scarves and wigs to help them cope during this transition.
Initially, the thought of wearing a wig may seem worrisome. There may be some concerns about how it will look to others, how it will feel, and how much it will cost. If you aren’t sure whether a wig is for you, continue reading this guide.
11 common essential oils used in aromatherapy for managing cancer symptoms and side effects include:
- Lavender: used to relieve stress, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and treat depression
- Eucalyptus: used to invigorate, reduce fever, and fight migraines and bacterial infections
- Geranium: used to ease anxiety, reduce depression, and promote sleep
- Tea tree (Melaleuca): can ease pain, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria.
- Lemon: used to get relief from pain, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting
- Chamomile: used to soothe, promote sleep, and support the immune system
- Bergamot: used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue
- Peppermint: used to boost energy, enhance mental alertness, fight fever, and relieve nausea and other digestion issues
- Ginger: used to stimulate appetite and help ease nausea, vomiting, and bowel problems
- Cedarwood: can promote relaxation and reduce stress
- Frankincense: used to reduce inflammation and pain, boost immunity, soothe skin irritations, fight infections, and improve anxiety