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LIVE YOUR SOCIAL LIFE WITH CANCER /// CHAPTER 55
Drugs
and
Alcohol
Drinking, smoking or trying out drugs may have been a part of life before your diagnosis.
Now that you have cancer, you might be stressing about what you have been putting into
your body and the impact it might be having on your cancer and treatment.
It's true - drugs and alcohol don't mix well with cancer. Cancer and its treatment messes with your body - your energy levels
will be down and you may struggle to fight off infections. Drugs and alcohol will only make this harder as they can:
» Interfere with chemotherapy and radiation or others treatments you're having
» Increase your side effects
» Cause infections, especially if you are injecting or sharing needles
» Increase your chances of getting a chest infection or other breathing problems
» Affect your mood or behavior, making it hard to deal with the emotional and physical challenges you may be experiencing
But it's not too late to minimize the chance of doing some harm. In order to give your body the best chance to deal with the
cancer it is important to be honest with your treatment team about what drugs you may be using, are thinking about trying, or
have used in the past. This includes illegal drugs (like weed, coke or ecstasy), alcohol and cigarettes.
We know you know drinking, smoking and taking drugs are not good for you. You may have tried to quit or cut down before
without much luck. But having cancer might give you as good a reason as any to give it another go. We're not telling you to do
this forever - but at least while cancer is around.
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