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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

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Coping with side effects

Review

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• Most side effects happen because healthy cells

get damaged in the battle to rid your body of

cancer.

• Newer drugs and improved technology are

making it easier to target cancer cells with less

harm to healthy tissues.

• Keep yourself well-fed. Your treatment team

should include a nutritionist or dietitian.

• Getting enough fluids (staying hydrated) is even

more important during cancer treatment.

• Staying active is one of the best ways to keep up

your energy.

• Your team will want to watch for side affects you

have, how severe they are, and how they affect

your overall health and well-being.