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When Symptoms Are Part of Your New Normal

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Shawna Kraft, Pharm.D.

Cancer often creates a new normal for your life. Physical changes can occur as a result of surgery or treatment. Emotional changes may occur too, such as worry about progression or recurrence.

First, recognize your new normal and know that it is understandable to feel different.

Second, talk with your providers about what this new normal is for you. Some symptoms may last well beyond your last treatment.

What symptoms would you like to address?

Symptom

What you can do

When to consider treatment

    Peripheral neuropathy (Numbness, tingling, burning or weakness in the hands/fingers, feet/toes, legs)
    If affecting your feet, see a specialist for special shoes
    If affecting your feet, see a specialist for special shoes
    Fatigue (Tiredness)
    Don’t over exert yourself Rest when you’re tired Eat and drink well If safe, increase your physical activity/exercising
    Unable to perform daily activities
    Depression (Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, thoughts of suicide or death)
    Discuss emotional effects with your provider See a mental health provider CALL 911 IF YOU’RE SUICIDAL
    Unable to perform daily activities Thoughts of suicide: CALL 911
    Hot flashes
    Keep cool; dress in layers Avoid caffeinated beverages and spicy foods Try relaxation techniques (deep breathing, meditation) Don’t smoke
    Unable to perform daily activities Disruptions in sleep
    Sexual health changes (Vaginal dryness, decreased libido)
    Affecting your well-being and personal relationships. Do not hesitate to discuss emotional and sexual effects with your provider

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Thrive Issue: 
Fall, 2017