Beauty Over Cancer


Nine Must-Haves BEFORE You Start Chemo
October 18, 2009, 7:54 pm
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There are certain things that will help you in your journey through chemotherapy. In my own experience, the following things are a MUST! I advise you take care of these items before you begin your first chemo session. It’s always best to be prepared… you don’t want to have to chase these things down while your body and mind are under so much stress.

1. Get The Port!

Your doctor will recommend you have an IV Port implanted. It leaves a minimal scar, which I know you are all afraid of! The truth of it is, starting an IV every week gets harder and harder, and it could take you an hour or more to have a successful start – for each chemotherapy treatment! Because your skin and veins will be compromised, it will scar you multiple times, and worse than a port ever would.

2.  Temporary Handicap Parking Pass

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They’re free, and easy to obtain – just ask your doctor and they will do the paperwork for you. All you need to do is make a stop at the DOL. Just place it in your glove box, and it’s there when you need it!

3. Firm Toothbrush

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Trust me, this is the easiest and most convenient way to exfoliate your lips. The dry skin that accumulates can be annoying, and may even make you feel unattractive. Sluff all of that dead skin off and give yourself a clean canvas fora lip moisturizer or even your favorite lip color.

4. SPF Lip Moisturizer

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There are many brands and ‘flavors’ of lip moisturizer that contain an SPF. You should look for one that has SPF of 15 or more. Keep in mind – the more natural, the better. Try a lip tint for a hint of color!

5. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

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This will hydrate your skin and help even out your skin tone, without the appearance of heavy makeup. The SPF is extremely important, as your skin is very sensitive and can burn easily.

6. Ask Your Doctor for First Mouthwash BLM

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Most chemotherapy treatments affect your mucus membranes, including your mouth. This mouthwash contains lidocaine, which will numb and soothe any discomfort in your mouth and throat.

7. Biotene Sensitive Toothpaste – Dry Mouth Formula

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While you might have the mouthwash, you will not need to use it on a daily basis. However, your gums will suffer tremendously from chemo. It is important to take care of them with a good toothpaste.

8. Mouthguard

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Not everyone clenches their teeth, but being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo can cause things to change. It is such a different type of stress that many people will develop TMJ, and grind their teeth. Protect what you have and keep your smile! Do this, just in case, before it feels ‘too late’. Ask your dentist to fit you for a custom mouthguard, or go to the drug store for a universal-fit temporary mouthguard.

9. GET YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS!

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Before you start chemotherapy, one of the most important things you can do is go to the pharmacy and get your prescriptions filled in advance, and on an auto-fill program. You should really have 2 full sets of meds before you begin treatment. Keep one on your person, and one at home. You never know when nausea may strike, or you may forget to take your meds at home.