Vacation guide for patients undergoing cancer treatment

swim-eat-vacationPatients undergoing cancer treatment and their relatives have anxiety and question marks about holidays. Risks of infection, crowded environments, decreased body resistance, chronic diseases can be risks for cancer patients on vacation. After encountering cancer, you may need to make some changes in your life, and you may need to take some precautions while on vacation. Medicana Health Group Specialists; During the treatment of cancer patients, he warned that “Holidays Should Not Create an Obstacle”.

Medical Oncology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Mutlu Demiray warned about some behaviors that cancer patients should pay attention to on vacation: “We oncologists are successful as long as we can keep you in your current habits and life. In fact, we would prefer that the routine and boring tasks continue and you are still bored with them. Now our hemisphere is experiencing summer. Our cancer patients and cancer patients should also benefit from the beauty and blessings of summer. Even if you are undergoing chemotherapy, make your vacation schedule the same as before. With the same enthusiasm and enthusiasm. Your physicians will be able to adjust your chemotherapy according to your holiday. In fact, sometimes taking small breaks will make your treatment more successful and better when you return from your vacation more fit and vigorous. However, as in all cases, there are exceptions. Your doctor will decide according to your health status. You also have the right to enjoy the sea and swim. Unless there are very special conditions and your doctor has not specifically prohibited it, you can swim as much as you want until you get tired. There is no harm in using the pools.”

Avoid the sun after receiving chemotherapy

Dr. Demiray warns that you should not sunbathe after chemotherapy, but you can rest on the beach when the sun’s rays are not in direct contact. If you sweat after chemotherapy, it would be better to wash your clothes and towels separately, as the chemotherapy drugs will also be removed with your sweat. However, the excretion of toxic substances will make you more comfortable. In addition to being careful not to be exposed to direct sunlight after chemotherapy, do not use protective creams so that your skin can easily remove toxic substances. However, if you do not receive chemotherapy, there is no harm in sunbathing. A good vacation can be part of your treatment and a contributor to a more successful treatment.

Avoid exposure to the sun in the summer in radiation therapy

Radiation Oncologist Assoc. Dr. Füsun Tokatlı warned against exposure to the sun in the summer and the cold wind in the winter. Dr. Tokatlı said, “The treated area thins and sensitizes the skin, pain, darkening and hardness of the skin may develop in radiotherapy areas. Exposure to the sun not only irritates the skin, but also increases the risk of reaction. After the end of the treatment, the treated area should be protected from strong sunlight for at least 1 year. Even after this period, sometimes skin sensitivity may continue and special care may be required. In this case, you can go out in the sun by using sunscreens with high protection factor. Not only the sun, but also exposure to baths, hot springs and hot water vapor are situations that should be avoided. In such a case, patients should definitely consult their radiotherapy doctor (not a skin specialist).” said.

The sun is good for your soul

Psychologist Melis Çekiç Güllüoğlu stated that the importance of sunlight in human psychology is very great and continued her words as follows: “Melancholic depression is closely related to melatonin secreted by the pineal gland. Melatonin is a hormone secreted in dark and lightless environments that slows down our physical movements and makes us sleepless and exhausted. Again, melatonin is responsible for the winter depression we often hear about. Depression, which occurs due to lack of sunlight, can also manifest itself with physical signs such as fatigue, exhaustion, pain in the arms and legs. We recommend our cancer patients to take walks in the open air where the sun does not shine, and especially during the holidays. The holiday, which started with the summer, will undoubtedly add vitality to our cancer patients.”

The sun is good for your soul, but be careful with your heart.

The toxic effects of radiation treatments and chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of cancer patients can also seriously affect the cardiovascular system. Since these two disease groups are the most common diseases seen in humans, their coexistence is a common situation. Therefore, they carry common risks.

Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Sebahattin Ateşal gave important information about the heart diseases that the sun can cause in cancer patients: “As evaporation from the skin will be less in high humidity and in environments where there is no air flow, mechanisms that reduce body temperature may be insufficient when wearing clothes that reduce contact between the skin and air. The known effects of temperature rise can occur as the body core temperature rises, resulting in a rise in temperature. These; weakness, fatigue, cramps, feeling of nausea, vomiting, heat stroke can progress to death.

In cancer diseases that affect the skin widely, diseases of the sweat glands, in the areas of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment that prevent sweating, in case of deterioration of temperature regulation; air temperature increase creates more complications.

In order to increase heat loss in heat, skin vessels must expand. This is achieved by circulating more blood in the blood vessels, that is, by increasing the cardiac output. With sweating, there is a loss of fluid and electrolytes, especially sodium, from the body. Blood pressure may drop. These can cause much more severe complications in patients with cancer and heart disease. Patients who will go on vacation during summer days should prefer regions with low humidity and air-conditioned environments. Plenty of fluids should be consumed, and there should be drinks containing electrolytes, especially sodium. Ayran can be the best example of this. Considering all these, it is the most appropriate way for patients with cancer and heart disease to talk to their physicians before their vacation programs for the summer months.” said.

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