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Do you feel that self-care measures aid in managing the side effects of chemotherapy?

Charlotte Tottman

March 20, 2023

In preparation for AML World Awareness Day 2023, Know AML spoke to Charlotte Tottman (Adelaide, AU), a clinical psychologist specializing in cancer-related distress.

Charlotte discusses how she believes self-care measures can aid in managing the side effects of chemotherapy and in living with AML. Firstly, she highlights the importance of understanding that AML chemotherapy is “rough and a tough gig.” Self-care measures can help; however, it is also a reasonable mindset to feel you cannot engage in these measures and just want to aim to survive. Charlotte emphasizes that having modest expectations in the self-care area is important and more achievable. She shares what she believes are the “four pillars of coping” – exercise, sleep, nutrition, and activities with purpose and meaning.