The keys to successful daily management are learning how to cope with stress and staying realistic about goals. A diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be psychologically devastating; making sure you have a good support network of friends, family, and even fellow cancer survivors can help tremendously. Exercise can help as well, and so can continuing on with your day job, but be realistic about how much energy you have to spare and make sure you're getting plenty of rest. Lastly, eating regular, healthy meals is good for your energy levels and your immune system; try to maintain a healthy eating schedule even when you're dealing with nausea caused by the disease or by chemotherapy.
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You can do things at home to help manage your side effects. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms.
- Home treatment for nausea or vomiting includes watching for and treating early signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth or feeling lightheaded when you stand up. 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 you use any nonprescription medicines for your diarrhea.
- Home treatment for constipation includes gentle exercise along with adequate intake of fluids and a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and fiber. Check with your doctor before you use a laxative for your constipation.
Other problems that can be treated at home include:
- Sleep problems. If you have trouble sleeping, tips such as going to bed at a regular time and getting exercise daily can help.
- Feeling very tired. If you lack energy or become weak easily, try to manage your energy and get extra rest.
- Sore mouth. Home treatment measures can ease mouth pain and speed healing.
- Hair loss. Tips include using a mild shampoo and a soft hairbrush.
- Pain. Home treatment can help you manage pain.
Handling the stress of having cancer: Having cancer can be very stressful, and it may feel overwhelming to face the challenges in front of you. Finding new ways of coping with the symptoms of stress may improve your overall quality of life.
These ideas may help:
- Get the support you need. Spend time with people who care about you, and let them help you.
- Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, and eat nourishing foods.
- Talk about your feelings. Find a support group where you can share your experience.
- Try new ways to relax. And do things each day that help you stay calm and relaxed. Stress reduction techniques may help.
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