Managing Treatment at Home

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Tips for Staying on Track

There are things you can do to build a consistent routine and stay on track with your treatment schedule. Below are some tips to help manage your treatment at home.

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Find Your Routine

  • Set an alarm to take your medicine at about the same time every day
  • Ask your caregiver, a family member, or a friend to help with small tasks like scheduling appointments or taking notes during office visits
  • It is important to take your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you

Cancer is a life-changing disease, and it can be hard to feel like yourself during treatment. If you are able, keep making time in your routine for the interests and hobbies that you enjoy.

Communicating Your Needs

Sometimes, it's hard to know how to take care of yourself, especially if you're used to being the one who takes care of others. Here are some tips on communicating your needs to loved ones and the care team:

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Speak Up

  • When it comes to side effects, don't hesitate—even if you're unsure whether or not you have a cause for concern, call your doctor or nurse as soon as possible
  • Keep a journal to track side effects. This way, you can be as specific as possible when talking with your doctor
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help or support from friends or family
  • Sometimes, it can be hard to express how you're feeling, both physically and emotionally. If you have concerns, reach out to a member of the care team