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Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. Gardens in full bloom and long days filled with sunlight and warm temperatures. However, as the temperature rises it's good to keep a few things in mind in order to stay safe and healthy in the summer sun and heat.
Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you enjoy the summer:
As a cancer survivor, keep in mind you may be at an increased risk for dehydration and sunburn as a result of treatment or medication side effects. Cool down with tepid showers and frequent breaks for water if you are out gardening or exercising.
Keep your meals fresh and light. Choose summer fruits and vegetables such as melons, peaches, pears, cucumbers and tomatoes. Enjoy fruit sorbet or smoothies for extra cool treats.
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I do feel the heat and sun intensity more these days. I typically will stay in the shade as much as possible, along with a wide brim hat as well. For my Myelofibrosis, I am on a cancer drug called Jakafi which has shown to increase the likelihood of non/melanoma skin cancers with it's use. So shade and a hat makes summer more comfortable for me. Luckily I always enjoyed water or plain iced tea so I get plenty of fluids which I find helps me feel better as well.
Sourav, everyone has a different experience with taste changes and likes/dislikes during chemotherapy treatment. Some people have mentioned that small snacks including peanut butter and crackers, bananas, pudding, smoothies and milkshakes are good choices for them. Focus on what tastes good to you at the time and eat at a time of day when your appetite is good. You may want to explore prepared milkshakes that are enriched with nutrients to get in your protein and calories if your appetite is low.
Colleen mentioned Femara which can cause side effects of hot flashes, which may make you feel warmer so it is important to keep in mind a few of the mentioned strategies to stay cool. Some of the chemotherapy drugs known to cause photosensitivity or sensitivity to the sun include:
Patients undergoing radiation treatments should also protect themselves from sun exposure.
kindly tell me what cold things to eat during chemotherapy treatment that is also useful to health
Which drugs are most likely to cause problems?
I am on Femara.
Thank you for your comments. I had breast cancer and 23 radiation treatments. My radiation oncologist told me to stay out of the sun. However, I had already been out in the sun for several weeks. I was nearly finished with my treatments by then, so I did not ask him why he warned me about it. I have heeded his advice and stayed out of the direct sun when swimming.
I enjoy the Mayo Clinic Website. It is helpful to your readers when we have concerns or questions.
im at the beach with protection and my hast:-)
I'm a 'Newby' to cancer being afflicted with Marginal Zone Lymphoma in my right leg. Hydration is super important, and my treatment center is always open for me to get watered up.I can walk in anytime and they immediately check me over and hook up my port and pump me up. Check with your center. I'm sure they'll take care of your dehydrated problem.
Well this all makes since to me now, why I am so hot all the time. Even to touch my skin, it feels like it's sunburned. It has been over a year since my last chemo treatment, and I could not understand why I have been so hot. I live in Florida so we are use to the heat, but this summer seems to be so bad for me
I live in Minnesota and it has been very very hot. I myself is a cancer survivor of 3 years. I have never ever liked to drink water but now I am. I got myself to the point where I got dehydrated and got very sick. I started to feel sick while I was driving home with my grandson. I did make it home got inside the house and ran straight to the bathroom. Thank goodness my oldest son got home from work to where he was able to help me. That was the scariest moment of my life. I now drink water all the time. About 8 to 10 bottles.
Marcia, I too am in remission for a year from Multiple Myeloma and am on Dexamethasone for maintenence. This causes me more problems then the chemo did as I am diabetec and this makes my blood sugar zoom way up, which requires more and more insulin. Also, my vision is affected by the high blood sugars. What maintenence are you on?
ich have carcenoid syndrom and i have to consider a lot about my every day living. Sunshine does not agree with me anymore . Hat and long sleeves is a must for me in the summertime.
thank you for some thoughts of reminders,i have been diagnosed with breast ca stage 2,after that i have a lot of things to consider about my health.I need to take care of my self for my family.
Ihad breast cancer surgery in May It was caught early, so had no chemo or radiation. I feel good and am blessed. Only I get cold real easy now, have to wear sweater in air conditioning. And not looking forward to winter.
I live in AZ, too, Dan. We certainly know about drinking water and staying hydrated. To keep cool, I stay by the air conditioning and try to do my grocery shopping and other errands in the morning. However, I have neuropathy, so I tend to feel better with the heat. I have been to CA twice which has brought me the greatest relief of all. This summer my body seems to tolerate the temperatures better. I used to wrap up in a blanket I would feel so cold. I am a multiple myeloma survivor of 3 years and under maintenance treatment. Showering at night helps immensely, too. Thankful to be alive and living a good quality of life. Just wish our doctors/scientists would figure a way to rid us of the side effects. Be blessed everyone!
I was diagnosed in 2006 and I have been NED ever since.One of my lasting SE's has been the intolerance to heat.It limits all aspects of my life as well as my husbands and childrens.
Living in Az. Hydration is always an issue. I did not know that my chemotherapy was making the problem worse. Thanks for the info!
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