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Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer (cont.)

Home Treatment

During medical treatment for any stage of endometrial cancer, you can use home treatment to help manage the side effects that may accompany endometrial cancer or cancer treatment. Home treatment may be all that is needed to manage the following common problems. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise can help control your symptoms.

Home treatment includes the following:

Other issues that may arise include:

  • Sleep problems. If you find you have trouble sleeping, some tips for managing sleep problems may be helpful, such as having a regular bedtime, getting some exercise during the day, and avoiding caffeine late in the day.
  • Fatigue. If you feel as though you do not have any energy and tire easily, try some measures to manage fatigue, such as getting extra rest, eating a balanced diet, and reducing your stress.
  • Urinary problems, which can be caused by both endometrial cancer and its treatment. It may help to eliminate caffeine from your diet. Also, set up a schedule of urinating every 3 to 4 hours during your waking hours, even if you don't feel you need to go.
  • Hair loss. Hair loss may be unavoidable. But using mild shampoos and avoiding damaging hair products will reduce irritation of your scalp.

Many women with endometrial cancer face emotional issues as a result of their disease or its treatment.

  • Finding out that you have cancer and having treatment is stressful. Managing stress may include expressing your feelings to others. Learning relaxation techniques may also be helpful. Support groups and relaxation techniques, such as meditation, may be helpful.
  • Your feelings about your body and your sexuality may change following treatment for cancer. It may help to talk openly about your feelings with your partner and to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to refer you to groups that can offer support and information.

Not all forms of cancer or cancer treatment cause pain. If pain occurs, many options are available to relieve it. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them. Home treatment for pain such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or an alternative therapy like biofeedback may improve your physical and mental well-being. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any home treatment you use for pain.

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