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Side Effects Ah, the things we’re supposed to endure to retain or regain our health. Cancer treatments and their side effects are one nasty tag team. Most of the people I’ve worked with have dealt with one or more side effects due to chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. This brings me to a few important points. The good news is that doctors should be able to medically treat most side effects. But—and this is a huge but—you have to speak up and let someone know you’re not feeling well. I know this can be a hard thing to do. Sometimes it stems from perfectionism. You want to be a good patient or the best patient, which for some translates into a “grin and bear it” attitude. And some doctors are tightly focused on the therapies they need to apply to help you beat cancer. In the usually all-too-short time of an office visit, they want to cover those therapies with you and conversations about side effects may take a backseat as a result. The problem is, not addressing side effects can have larger consequences. Cancer treatments impact the immune system, and other side effects, especially those that make people avoid eating, can further hinder immunity. All of this can impact your treatment schedule. Think of it this way: Thousands of researchers have spent hundreds of thousands of hours devising precise dosing schedules. The clinical goal is to take you right to that edge where you receive the maximum therapy dose to wipe out your cancer while keeping your body intact. Each treatment takes you to this precipice in an effort to get ahead of the cancer. Any side effect that isn’t addressed leaves your body less than 100 percent prepared for the next treatment. At times, this may force your doctor to lessen your chemo dose or skip a treatment altogether to give your body more time to recover. Obviously, the odds suggest you don’t want to be missing treatments too often. Some therapy side effects are seemingly beyond being addressed by nutrition, at

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