Although treatment for breast cancer can help send the disease into remission, it often comes with a number of unpleasant side effects.
Common side effects include:
- menopausal symptoms
- memory loss
These side effects can differ from person to person, and some may persist even after your treatment ends.
Some people find that home remedies can help relieve their side effects and improve their overall quality of life during and after treatment. They can be used alongside your cancer treatment and are aimed at helping you feel your best.
These remedies are only suggested for treating the side effects of cancer treatment. They aren’t intended to treat the cancer itself.
Keep reading to learn more about potential lifestyle changes and natural remedies that you can use at home to find relief.
Home remedies for fatigue
Fatigue is a common side effect of treatment that can affect your daily life. To boost and conserve energy, try sticking to a daily routine and sleep schedule. If you can, limit naps or rest breaks to 30 minutes or less at a time.
This study from 2014 found that women with breast cancer who ate healthily and were physically active lowered their levels of fatigue.
To maintain a balanced diet, you should:
- Eat or drink at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
- Be sure you are getting enough calories and protein. Your doctor can provide guidance about your recommended levels.
- Talk to your doctor about whether you should take a daily multivitamin.
You should also aim to get in 20 minutes or more of physical activity each day. It’s important to stay as active as possible while honoring the limits of your body and energy levels.
You may find it beneficial to incorporate one or more of the following aerobic exercises into your daily routine:
Aerobic exercise has a number of benefits, including:
- increased stamina and endurance
- improved bodily function
- better sleep
- reduced stress
It may also reduce your risk for breast cancer recurrence.
Before exercising, make sure you feel well enough to complete the exercise and do it carefully. Check with your doctor or a fitness expert who specializes in cancer and exercise if you have any concerns.
You shouldn’t exercise without your doctor’s approval if you have:
- low white blood cell count
- cancer that has spread to your bones