Medical Oncology: Quality of Life
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How does your care team help you manage chemotherapy side effects?
The medical oncology team is well aware of the potential side effects of anticancer drugs like chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sore mouth, diarrhea, and constipation. These side effects can impact your ability to tolerate treatments, maintain a healthy diet, stay active, and enjoy a good quality of life.
Your CTCA care team will be as proactive as possible in anticipating and managing side effects so you can better tolerate your treatments and enjoy life. Prior to administering chemotherapy, your Infusion Center nurses will provide pre-medications (prescribed by your medical oncologist) to decrease nausea and make your symptoms more tolerable. Your naturopathic clinician may also provide natural agents to help curb nausea.
Any symptoms you experience throughout your care will depend on several factors, such as your disease type and stage and your response to the treatment. To help you maintain a good quality of life, your care team will use a combination of complementary medicine therapies based on your individual needs.