Why do people look different after chemo?

Skin changes also occur during chemotherapy. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause temporary redness in the face and neck. This happens when the blood capillaries, which are the smallest part of blood vessels, enlarge and expand. The skin also can get dry, become darker or even more pale.

Can I kiss my husband after chemo?

Kissing is a wonderful way to maintain closeness with those you love and is usually okay. However, during chemotherapy and for a short time afterward, avoid open-mouth kissing where saliva is exchanged because your saliva may contain chemotherapy drugs.

Will I ever look the same after chemo?

Besides hair loss, chemotherapy can prompt a slew of side effects. Radiation also can cause hair loss to a lesser extent, along with skin damage and other issues. Your body may look different, or you may feel that you look different due to changes in the way your body feels or performs.

What should I avoid after chemotherapy?

Foods to avoid (especially for patients during and after chemo):

  • Hot, spicy foods (i.e. hot pepper, curry, Cajun spice mix).
  • Fatty, greasy or fried foods.
  • Very sweet, sugary foods.
  • Large meals.
  • Foods with strong smells (foods that are warm tend to smell stronger).
  • Eating or drinking quickly.

Does chemo make you talk crazy?

Sometimes people with cancer worry about, joke about, or become frustrated by what they describe as mental cloudiness or changes they might notice before, during, and after cancer treatment. This cloudiness or mental change is commonly referred to as chemo brain.

Are there any side effects of chemotherapy for men?

Chemotherapy can cause fatigue, increased bleeding or an increased risk of infection. During this time, your doctor may advise you to avoid sexual intercourse, or you may not feel the desire for sex. Many other medications are known to interfere with sexual function in men.

Why did I take pictures of my hair after chemo?

“I took my first picture one week post-chemo because it was very important for me to document that year and prove to myself that I was getting better — looking better,” she says. While the growth was slow at first, pictures show her brunette mop becoming fuller as each week goes by. In her final photo, she poses with a full head of hair.

What are the side effects of chemo for cancer patients?

Certain types of chemo sometimes cause delayed effects, such as a second cancer that may show up many years later. People often become discouraged about how long their treatment lasts or the side effects they have. If you feel this way, talk to your cancer care team.

What happens to Your Libido after chemotherapy?

You may experience a loss of libido and difficulty achieving an erection after chemotherapy. Some chemotherapy drugs reduce the amount of testosterone your body produces. You’ll usually regain your sexual function within a few weeks of ending treatment.