Treatments & Side Effects
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. (Lao Tzu). The first step in your journey is to become informed. Curo Oncology takes a holistic approach to cancer treatment, and understanding your diagnosis and the effects it can have on your body, mind, and soul is very important.
This is a guide to help you navigate your treatment and contains some useful tips on how to cope with the side-effects of chemo or radiation therapy treatment.
The Meaning of Side Effects
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
When should you call your Doctor?
Diarrhoea typically causes stomach cramps and loose, watery stools. Mostly it’s an inconvenience, but if your symptoms persist or get worse, it could be a sign of something more serious. Diarrhoea can also lead to other problems, such as severe dehydration.
Some signs and symptoms are more serious than others are. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
- Six or more loose bowel movements a day for more than two days
- Blood in your stool
- Inability to urinate for 12 hours or more
- Inability to drink liquids
- Weight loss due to diarrhoea
- Diarrhoea after several days of constipation
- Severe abdominal pain
- Fever of 38.3ºC or higher
- Shaking chills
- If your diarrhoea doesn’t seem severe but starts to interfere with your daily activities, such as if you’re concerned about leaving home or going somewhere without a bathroom nearby, talk to your doctor. If abdominal cramping is keeping you from your daily activities, discuss this with your doctor as well.