An estimated 1.5 million Americans were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Chemotherapy medications are a common and effective treatment modality for many types of cancers. However, the side effects of many chemotherapy agents are debilitating and negatively affect the quality of life of the individuals receiving the treatment. Several options are available that can help lessen the severity of chemotherapy side effects, some of which are lifestyle medicine related. This review article provides details about lifestyle medicine strategies such as proper nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress reduction, and hydration in the context of mitigating some of the most common side effects related to chemotherapy treatment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health