NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Try a specialty toothpaste—such as
—that does not contain sodium lauryl
Rinse your mouth regularly with a special
mouthwash (such as Biotene
) or mix baking
soda and warm water to make a rinse.
Stay away from spicy or acidic foods (such as
chili and lemonade).
If you’re experiencing diarrhea, be sure to get more
fluids to make up for what you’re losing. To prevent
diarrhea, try the following:
Eat several small meals a day.
Have easy-to-digest foods such as bananas,
white rice, and applesauce.
Avoid high-fiber foods such as whole grains
or raw fruits and vegetables, and gassy foods
Avoid spicy, fried, greasy, or rich foods, like
Let your treatment team know if you have more bowel
movements than usual or severe diarrhea for two or
more days in a row. If you become dehydrated, you
may need fluids given by IV.
Why it happens
Fatigue can be the result of many things. It can be
from the treatment’s effects on the red blood cells
that carry oxygen to your tissue (anemia), side
effects of other medicine, pain, dehydration, stress,
sleeplessness, your diet, or any combination of the
above. If you have fatigue, you may find that it is
worse right after treatment.
What you can do
How your fatigue is managed will depend on what
is causing it. If you have anemia, you may get a
transfusion of red blood cells. If your fatigue can be
traced to factors such as pain, sleeplessness, or diet
you may be referred to specialists in those areas.
Pay attention to when fatigue tends to start and take
it easy. If you tend to feel wiped out the days following
treatment, avoid doing too much during those times.
When you do have energy, take your time doing
things. Feel free to change or cancel plans if you’re
just not up to it.
Coping with side effects
How do I cope with side effects?