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Self-Care and Healthy Conversations During Treatment

As you face your cancer diagnosis and treatment, it may be easy to get caught up in the demands of going to treatments, work, and taking care of your home and family. But don’t forget to take good care of yourself. Below are some suggestions for taking care of yourself during this trying time and beyond:

  • Learn when to call your physician. As you are going through treatment, make sure you understand how to manage the side effects of your treatment and when you should call your doctor. Keep his or her phone number on the fridge or near the phone so you can always find it. Remember, when you experience side effects, it is important to contact Texas Oncology first before going to an emergency room or urgent care clinic.
  • Make good use of your patient care guide. Write down what you learn about your cancer and plan of care. Use it to keep track of your appointments, test results, and treatments. Write down any questions you have and the answers so you can look back on it later.
  • Eat right and exercise moderately. Ask your care team for diet suggestions or ask your physician for the names of nutritionists who may be able to help you. Exercise as your physician recommends and as your physical condition allows. Walking is often the best exercise – physically and emotionally.
  • Talk to someone. Cancer can create an emotional roller coaster for you and your loved ones, and sharing your feelings, concerns, and fears can lighten your burdens. Counseling may help. You may want to join a support group where you can share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings with others going through the same thing.
  • Write it down. Journaling can be private or shared in a support group. You may choose to keep an online journal or blog where you can share with family and friends, or others who may benefit from learning about what you are going through.
  • Learn meditation or relaxation techniques. Discover whatever it is that helps you feel at peace.
  • Celebrate milestones. Plan a special event to mark the end of treatment cycles or moving into a new phase of treatment.