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A common piece of advice related to stressful periods in life is to write down your thoughts as a way of coping. Today we would like to encourage you + your child to start a “Chemotherapy Diary”. Just as nutritionist have you write down everything you eat in order to analyze eating patterns, a Chemotherapy Diet provides you with a record of side effect patterns, feelings, obstacles and so on.
This concept introduced by the Cancer Council states:
“It can be useful to record information about your chemotherapy treatment in one place so you recall details about when you experienced side effects, how long they lasted and what helped to reduce them. Some people use a notebook or a diary, while others prefer technology such as a smartphone. You may want to make a note of the date, time, symptoms experienced.
Sharing the information you record with your doctors and nurses will help them give you suggestions for dealing with side effects or adjust your treatment, if appropriate”.
This simple record can keep track of seemingly insignificant events during treatment, that may provide profound insight for the future. Today, start your Chemotherapy Diary! Check out Cancer Council’s full article here