Advice for Breast Cancer Patients Going Through Chemotherapy

What’s Some Advice for Breast Cancer Patients Going Through Chemotherapy?

Breast Cancer Patients Going Through ChemotherapyChemotherapy can be one of the most challenging parts of your breast cancer journey. Many of our viewers have asked us what they can anticipate going into this treatment. We met with Author of Pink Lemonade Tamara Severin to get some advice for patients going through chemotherapy treatment.

One of the most helpful items that Tamara brought to her sessions was her fan. She said, “I brought a little personal fan the next time I went because the chemo when it hits your blood, you just start to heat up.”

But this isn’t the only thing she suggests bringing. Find out how to be more prepared for your chemotherapy sessions by watching the video below.

Transcript

Tamara Severin:  I will never forget the first day that went to chemo.  I didn’t know what to expect of course.  You don’t know what to expect, but I had a book and I had something to drink and later I brought some other things, so that’s what I think is important, a fan.  I brought a little personal fan the next time I went because the chemo when it hits your blood, you just start to heat up.  I took Crystal Light because I didn’t want to just have water, there is a metallic taste in your mouth most of the time, so something with a little flavor was nice, but to this day, I cannot stand to drink that flavor of Crystal Light because it just reminds me of sitting there and going through chemo, but it is important to have something actually a Slurpee is kind of nice because it’s cold and it has got flavor and you could sort of mix it up and have different flavors of Slurpee, so I think the one time I went to chemo someone took me, they couldn’t stay.  I had a small player and these days your iPhone or any portable device will play and I watched a whole movie and I just sat there and let the chemicals drip while I watched the movie, so anything that becomes a distraction and it’s not so much that it hurts or it’s uncomfortable, but it’s six hours that you just have to sit there and then just having a good friend that we could sit and talk.  My dear friend, Renee that sat there with me and talked for six hours and the time flew by, so having a good friend is very important.