Cancer survivors often experience side effects due to cancer and cancer treatments. These effects can be short term or long term. Some side effects happen during treatment. Others can occur once treatment ends. There are many ways to manage side effects—lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, medication, and others.
Tracking Side Effects
Tracking side effects can help you better manage your side effects. By tracking daily, you may be able to detect patterns that can help you cope with side effects. See if any trends develop. For example:
- Does a large breakfast keep you energized throughout the day?
- Is a certain food maybe causing you to experience gas or bloating?
- Does skipping lunch make you feel nauseated later in the day?
Once you know what makes your side effects better or worse, you can adjust your routine to make your side effects manageable. Share your log with your healthcare team. Your doctor can determine if you need medication to help your side effects or if you need to change the dosage of your current medications.
To track your side effects, you can download the free LLS Health Manager app or print the Food Intake & Side Effects Log Worksheet.
Eat To Fight: The Side Effects of Cancer and Treatment
Skip to a specific side effect in the Eat To Fight video series:
- Eat To Fight: Change To Taste and Smell
- Eat To Fight: Constipation
- Eat To Fight: Diarrhea
- Eat To Fight: Difficulty Swallowing
- Eat To Fight: Dry Mouth
- Eat To Fight: Fatigue
- Eat To Fight: Feeling Full
- Eat To Fight: Gas and Bloating
- Eat To Fight: Lactose Intolerance
- Eat To Fight: Loss of Appetite
- Eat To Fight: Nausea
- Eat To Fight: Sore Mouth, Throat, and Tongue
- Eat To Fight: Weight Gain
- Eat To Fight: Weight Loss