Personal care during treatment, in conjunction with all procedures the physician will administer, is imperative. Some things to be sure to incorporate into everyday life may include:

  • Find emotional support. Anxiousness, depression, hopelessness, and being afraid are all common feelings during your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Confiding and sharing your feelings to a close friend, family member, or psychologist may help with coping. Our Support Groups page lists some resources for you.
  • Maintain a balanced, nutritious diet. Your cancer specialists will work with you to ensure you are eating the right foods and receiving the proper nutrients and calories.
  • Rest Often. Fatigue from the cancer itself and from treatment is common. It is important to make sure you are getting the proper amount of sleep each day.
  • Handle the area of skin that exposed to radiation with extra care. The area receiving treatment may become red and sensitive. Your cancer care team will instruct you on how to proper care for the skin. Some guidelines to follow may include:
  1. Clean the area daily with warm water and a mild soap.
  2. Avoid putting hot or cold packs on the treated area.
  3. Avoid using any products with alcohol or perfume in them on the area such as lotions, deodorants, powder, etc.
  4. If possible, avoid sun exposure to the treated area.