Ask your doctor about liquid food supplements. These can help you get enough calories.
Do not eat sugary snacks that may cause tooth decay.
Most people who get radiation treatment begin to feel tired after a few days. If you feel tired:
Do not try to do too much in a day. You probably will not be able to do everything you are used to doing.
Try to get more sleep at night. Rest during the day when you can.
Take a few weeks off work, or work less.
You may be taking a medicine called dexamethasone (Decadron) while you are getting radiation to the brain.
It may make you more hungry, cause leg swelling or cramps, or cause changes in your mood.
These side effects will go away after you start taking less medicine, or when you stop taking the medicine.
Your doctor may check your blood counts regularly, especially if the radiation treatment area on your body is large.
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LinLinda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.