What might you experience ?
Finding ways of staying comfortable when you’ve got cancer is really important in order to help you recover, relax and recuperate. So, whether that’s during down-time at home, waiting in hospitals for appointments or scans, recovering after surgery, or getting some bed rest, this guide will help you find ways to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during these times.
This guide will cover:
Staying in Hospital
Why does this happen?
- Resting -When you’ve got cancer you may find that you have more ‘down-time’ or that you need to rest more than you used to to help recover from the demands of cancer treatment. Sitting down for long periods can become uncomfortable after a while so finding ways to deal with this and keep yourself occupied will really help.
- Bathing - You may find that washing and bathing comfortably can become a bit more difficult when you have cancer due to weakness, reduced mobility and manual dexterity. To help you stay comfortable whilst bathing you may want to adapt your routine and make use of products that help compensate for the physical impact of your cancer or it’s treatments.
- In Bed - If you’re spending more time in bed you need to make sure it is as comfortable as possible to avoid getting stiff, worsening of oedema and swellings or pain. If you’re not comfortable in bed you won’t be able to relax and rest which are both crucial for helping you cope with your cancer and its treatments.
- Post Surgery - If you’ve had surgery as part of your cancer treatment you may need to take it easy for a while so finding ways of staying comfortable but also entertained whilst resting will be really important. And depending on the type of surgery you there may be additional needs which can impact on your day to day life and cause discomfort unless dealt with appropriately.
- Staying in Hospital - At some point in your cancer journey you’ll probably spend at least a night or two in hospital. Adjusting to a different environment can be difficult but finding ways to stay comfortable will help you settle into your hospital stay making it easier to cope with.