Almost everyone in Kenya is talking about cancer and how to prevent it. Nobody is talking about treatment and how to get relief from the side effects that comes with treatment.
Stats show that over 30,000 Kenyans are losing their lives annually due to cancer with thousands of other cases remaining unreported, and, therefore, undocumented.
Cancer can be treated if detected early. Treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can save your life.
The two main treatment methods (chemotherapy and radiation) come with some side effects ranging from mild (dry mouth) to severe effects such as vomiting.
There are natural remedies that can help a cancer patient ease the symptoms that come with the treatment of cancer.
Ginger is good in helping a cancer patient manage nausea and vomiting that comes with chemotherapy. If the patient is about to have surgery, he/she should not use ginger, though because it sometimes leads to thinning of blood.
Using Zinc helps cancer patients prevent taste changes that come with chemotherapy and radiation, as well as effects from some pain medicines.
If you are feeling weakness, numbness, or pain in your hands and feet, mouth sores and soreness try using Glutamine.
For those suffering from colorectal cancer, chemotherapy might cause nausea and vomiting. Astragalus can help in easing this. However, you should ask your doctor before you do because it might interfere with some medicines.
For those with breast cancer, Guarana, a natural stimulant found in a plant native to the Amazon basin has been found to help with chemotherapy-related fatigue.
General fatigue that comes with any form of cancer treatment can be eased with a cool and relaxed body massage.
Cancer is NOT a death sentence. Kenyans should stop committing suicide upon receiving the news. The disease can be treated but early screening and detection is key.