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  • Avoid crowds and/or sick people with colds, as you may be at risk of infection. Report fever or any other signs of infection to your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use an electric razor and a soft toothbrush to minimize bleeding.
  • Avoid contact sports or activities that could cause injury.
  • To reduce nausea, eat small, frequent meals and take anti-nausea medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • It is very important to take your prednisone pills as prescribed. 
  • Follow a regimen of anti-diarrhea medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Eat foods that may help reduce diarrhea (see managing side effects, diarrhea).
  • Avoid sun exposure -- wear sunblock (SPF 15 or higher) and protective clothing.
  • In general, drinking alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum or avoided completely. Discuss this with your doctor.
  • Elderly patients may be at risk for more frequent or severe side effects.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Maintain good nutrition (see eating well during chemotherapy).
  • If you experience symptoms or side effects, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare team. They can prescribe medications and/or offer other suggestions that are effective in managing such problems.

Self Care Tips During Treatment

Chemotherapy & You: Support for People with Cancer

“…rather than waiting for the cancers to become resistant to hormone treatments, if you used hormones with chemotherapy right up front… you could have a more dramatic improvement in overall survival.”

Dr. William Oh Prostapedia Interview Aug. 2018