Manage the Physical Side Effects of Ovarian Cancer


If you are treating your ovarian cancer, you may experience a range of physical changes and symptoms. They are caused by either the cancer itself or perhaps the side effects of treatment. If you have problems with breathing, eating, bowels or suffering from a fever, here are some ways you can try to control them.

Breathing problems

Ovarian cancer can lead to breathing problems. If you experience shortness of breath, you need not worry so much because it is not usually dangerous or harmful. But a lot of people get frightened. You should plan and try your daily activities. You should not stay inactive for so long a time. The other useful way for you to try is to practice relaxation techniques such as visualization or hypnotherapy. In case you need something you can start right away, you should consider abdominal breathing and controlled breathing.

You should remind yourself not to get too frightened if you become breathless. You cannot do anything if you are frightened, so stay calm. Remember that getting more anxious just makes your breathing worse.

Bowel problems

You can experience bowel problems as a result of surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy during the treatment for ovarian cancer. Bowel problems may include diarrhea, cramps or sometimes constipation. You may also feel pain in your lower abdomen.

If you wish to cope with these problems, you should, first, make simple changes in your lifestyle to decrease bowel problems. Using herbs to treat them can be a good idea. You can opt for strong peppermints or drink peppermint tea in order to manage abdominal pain. In case you want to change your diet or medication, you should talk to your doctor about your changes. You can prevent or manage bowel problems by eating more high-fibre foods, such as wholegrain bread and pasta, bran, fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of fluids. This will help loosen the bowels if you have constipation and if you want to replenish the fluids lost by diarrhea. If you cannot manage your bowel problems, you should meet your doctor.


It is normal if you have a fever during your ovarian cancer. Having a fever can make you feel very tired, hot, cold, shivery, pale. In case you are asked to take paracetamol or an anti inflammatory drug, you should take them regularly, every 4 to 6 hours until your temperature no longer rises. Make sure you read the drug information on the label or ask advice from your doctor so that you know what and when dose to take.

Besides, you should not wear so much clothing. You can have a quick tepid bath but it is best to wide your body clean with a damp sponge drenched in warm water.

Eating problems

Even though you will find it hard to take in foods because fatigue may destroy your liking for foods, bear in your mind that it is exceptionally important to eat healthy during cancer treatment. Moreover, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting or mouth sores can have a negative effect on your eating. In most cases, food does not appear to be tasty any more. The solution for you is to eating small, frequent meals or snacks. Good snacks for you is nourishing drinks, nuts and dried fruits. To increase your appetite, you can do some light physical activity before you eat.

It is suggested that you should meet your doctor regularly so that you can discuss any symptoms or side effects of treatment caused by your ovarian cancer.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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