How to deal with visible effects of breast cancer treatmentTreatments for breast cancer can have both emotional and physical effects on a person, however, there is so much that can be done to make sure that you feel and look better after during and after treatment. Here is a useful guide as to how these visible signs can be managed.

How to manage breast changes

Treating breast cancer usually involves a part or the entire breast being removed and this is one of the side effects that you must be ready to deal with. Mastectomy can be used as a good alternative before going for breast reconstruction surgery. Breast prosthesis is worn by being tucked into the bra or attacked to the skin using a double sided tape. Ask your doctor to prescribe you, an external prosthesis and your health insurance will cover it. Next, ask your oncologists to refer to specialized stores that sell external prostheses and schedule an appointment with your local breast prosthesis consultant to have it fitted. There are many different varieties of prostheses that you can try and this will help you select one that looks and feels great on you.

Dealing with loss of hair

Chemotherapy kills the fast growing cells regardless of whether they are normal or cancer cells. Among them include hair follicles, which are killed in the process and this consequently leads to your loss of hair. In addition, loss of hair could also be caused by hormonal and radiation treatments. This can be a difficult side effect to manage especially for women but to start with, go shopping for wigs and ask your hair stylist which one suit you best. Also, consider buying turbans, scarves, hats and caps well ahead of time. Just in case you decide to go bald, make sure that you apply sunscreen on the head.

Lymphedema management tips

This involves your arm swelling on the side which lymph node or breast surgery was done. This can also be a side effect of radiation and you can opt to ignore the swelling to start with. Ensure that your arm stay clean always and do everything to ensure that the affected arm isn’t injured. When doing housework or hardening, wear gloves and avoid carrying heavy stuff on your affected side.

Managing weight loss or gain

Loss of weight following breast cancer treatment can result from appetite changes, nausea or vomiting. On the other hand, eating more than usual, becoming depressed and being less active can result in weight gain. But keep in mind that whatever you decide to do to manage your weight, remember that this isn’t the time for you to start dieting. It is important that you eat well balanced, nutritious foods to maintain energy levels and weight as well as helping with the healing.