NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 7: Living your life
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needs and limitations and so they can help you out if you are feeling sick
Keep your plans flexible.
It may be hard to predict how you’ll be feeling
from one day to the next, particularly in the early phase of treatment. Let
friends know that all plans are conditional on how you’re feeling on any
When your energy is limited, it makes sense to spend it on
events and activities that are really special.
Expand your horizons.
Consider incorporating stress-reducing activities
into your social life. Ask friends to join you for yoga class and brunch
instead of a night at the bar.
Don’t be afraid to bow out.
It’s better to opt out of a planned activity than
to push yourself when you’re feeling fatigued or ill.
Be aware of your risks.
If your treatment plan includes drugs that
suppress your immune system, you’ll want to avoid large group situations
that can expose you to germs your immune system can’t fight when your
blood counts are at their lowest.
Think before you drink.
(Or smoke. Or whatever.) Alcohol and other
drugs may interact with your cancer treatment and cause potentially
serious side effects. Be sure to talk to your treatment team about
whether—or how much—alcohol is safe for you, and about the risks of
other recreational drugs. Keep your treatment team informed of how much
you are drinking, smoking, or using.