These few days of predicted very hot weather in Melbourne may feel even worse for cancer patients so remember to hydrate. Learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of dehydration. These include a sticky or dry mouth, increased thirst, fatigue, headache, decreased urine output and dark yellow urine.

To function correctly, your body needs both water and electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium and chloride). Water helps to maintain body temperature, digest food and lubricate tissues and joints. Electrolytes, help to retain fluid, and maintain good nerve and muscle function. Remember your Hydralyte in Kit to replenish your body’s electrolytes.

Try to stay in an air-conditioned space or limit the amount of time you are exposed to heat. Stay alert to warning signs so you can take action immediately and get indoors when you need to. If you are having problems seek medical care immediately.

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