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For cancer patients who also have diabetes, management of the disease during treatment can help prevent increased risk of infection, hospitalizations, and reductions or pauses in treatment.
During your treatment, the focus is on cancer. But it’s important to manage your diabetes as well to ensure your body is best able to tolerate and benefit from chemotherapy, radiation or other modalities.
The type of cancer treatment you receive plays a large role in managing diabetes during treatment. Both radiation therapy and some types of chemotherapy can cause hyperglycemia, an increase in blood sugar levels. This must be monitored carefully as hyperglycemia may lead to dehydration and strain your body’s organs and immune system.
At Edward Cancer Center, your care team includes a wellness oncology dietitian to help you manage your diet. The dietitian collaborates with your oncologist, primary care physician and/or endocrinologist to ensure your blood sugars are well managed throughout your care and that you are empowered to take control of diabetes during treatment.
There are several ways you can work with your care team to manage diabetes during cancer treatment:
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