Post-Cancer-Treatment Side Effects That DispatchHealth Can Help With

Kenneth Knowles, MD
Medically reviewed by Kenneth Knowles, MDSeptember 29th, 2021
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Post-Cancer-Treatment Side Effects That DispatchHealth Can Help With

Cancer can be a difficult disease to battle, and for so many reasons—one of them being the treatment. While going through cancer treatment is a necessary process, the treatment methods often have negative side effects. However, if you’re dealing with some of these side effects, you don’t have to suffer in silence. DispatchHealth provides in-home healthcare for various conditions, including several side effects caused by cancer treatment. Our medical professionals can help you with:

Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by certain cancer treatments or medications; sometimes even the affiliated stress can lead to diarrhea. Dealing with this condition is not only uncomfortable, but it can potentially lead to dehydration or malnourishment if it is severe enough. DispatchHealth can help you treat your chronic diarrhea without even having to leave your house, which is especially helpful for a potentially uncontrollable condition.

Edema

Some types of chemotherapy and certain cancers can cause edema, a condition in which fluid builds up in your body’s tissues. The signs of edema may include:

  • Swelling in parts of the body such as the feet, hands, ankles, arms, legs, face, and abdomen

  • Skin that is stretched, puffy, or shiny

  • Shortness of breath

  • A cough

  • An irregular heartbeat

These symptoms can make it fairly difficult to do simple things like put your shoes on or walk to your car, which are necessary steps in going to the doctor. Instead, you can remain comfortable inside your home by having DispatchHealth come to you for edema treatment.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Certain types of cancer treatment like chemotherapy and immunotherapy can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, and body aches. Someone suffering from these side effects probably wants nothing more than to climb into bed, and DispatchHealth allows you to do this while also simultaneously receiving treatment for your symptoms. We have extensive experience dealing with the flu and flu-like symptoms, so we can provide you with the right treatment in your home.

Nausea & Vomiting

If you’re dealing with nausea and/or vomiting after receiving cancer treatment, the absolute last thing you want to do is leave the house. Excessive vomiting especially needs to be addressed because it can potentially lead to dehydration. You can trust DispatchHealth to come to your home and help you deal with this unfortunate side effect.

Joint Pain

While many of the formerly mentioned side effects can be painful, pain itself is another condition that can affect those going through cancer treatment. If you’re in pain while moving around, don’t put yourself through agony trying to leave the house. DispatchHealth can come to you and help relieve your joint pain.

While DispatchHealth is happy to provide in home healthcare, we’re here to complement care offered by your physicians, not replace it. It’s incredibly important for cancer patients to continue seeing the appropriate doctors and specialists, but while you’re in between appointments or suffering from acute side effects, you can count on DispatchHealth. Schedule an appointment on our website, through our mobile app, or over the phone.

Sources

DispatchHealth relies only on authoritative sources, including medical associations, research institutions, and peer-reviewed medical studies.

Sources referenced in this article:

  1. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects

  2. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/diarrhea

  3. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/edema

  4. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/flu-symptoms

  5. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/nausea

  6. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/pain

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