Imagine this: one day you don’t feel very well and you go to the doctor. After what seems likeÂ an eternityÂ of tests, in a monotone voice he tells you, â€œ I amÂ sorry to inform you that you have cancerâ€¦â€
some of the side effects of the sometimes extremely aggressive treatments can cause people to end up with aÂ devastating sleep deficiency. These side effects include: nausea, constipation, vomiting, skin problems, itchiness, fever, heart rhythm troubles, breathing troubles, and many others.Â However, the most important challenge is to keep anxiety and depression under control. Depression works in a spiral i.e. a depressed person will experience at some stageÂ sleep problems, and sleep problems may end up producing depression.
It is essential that every physician in charge of treating patients diagnosed with cancer includes a thorough diagnostic of the sleep status of the patient. Including a physician specialising in sleep disorders in your team can only be of an immense advantage.
DoesÂ anyone out there have an experience to share with regard to cancer and sleep problems?
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