What must my uncle who is undergoing chemotherapy avoid?
- Aarav D, resident of Arumbakkam
Chemotherapy is used to eliminate microscopic diseases present elsewhere in the body which would otherwise develop into metastatic diseases in future. It is important to be careful while undergoing this treatment. Avoid exposure to crowded places, dust environment as you will be susceptible infections with your weakened immunity. Avoid lot of visitors, especially those who have fever, cough, cold. As strenuous activities may result in muscle aches and joint pains, it is best to restrict yourself to short duration activities. Walking is good if restricted to 20 to 30 minutes or as much as your body allows.
- Dr M P Ram Prabu, Senior Consultant, Medical Oncologist, Gleneagles Global Hospital
I have been told I snore aloud in my sleep and I might have sleep apnea. But I have heard it is more common among men. Is that true? I am 61-year-old and a little overweight.
- Revathi, resident of Pallavaram
Doctors say that an estimated 3-5 per cent of the population in Tamil Nadu is suffering from the condition and the ratio of the disorder between men and women is 1.5:1. This ratio goes to 2:1 for those in the age group between 18-45, as there is some kind of protection as an effect of hormones. But during pregnancy, women develop it as they gain weight.
Dr N Ramakrishnan, Director, Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences