Practical Tips on Surviving Chemotherapy and Radiation by Linda Panutat

By Linda Panutat


Before Chemotherapy:
Take vitamins. When you see your oncologist, be sure to bring a list of all medications and the dosage.
This includes vitamins, cold pills, pain relievers, etc.

During Chemotherapy:
When you feel nauseous:

When you lose appetite:

After every treatment:

Hair Care Tips/Loss

If and when your hair starts to fall: shave off your hair. This way, you will not feel as bad as when your
hair falls off by the bunch. You will not be frightened to see bunches of hair on your pillow and on the
shower floor. Besides, new hair will grow simultaneously, and even better than before. This is a common
side effect of chemotherapy but it may not always happen. Hair loss may occur in all parts of the body
(facial hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, arm and leg hair, underarm hair, and pubic hair). Wearing wigs,
turbans, scarves, and hats are fun. One can change her looks instantaneously.


Other things to do to feel good during treatment:

Linda Panutat is the President of Prime Spots Inc., part of the SM Group of Companies, and a breast
cancer survivor. She is a founding member of the breast cancer support group Bosom Buddies.