Managing cancer side effects

Cancer and cancer treatments may cause a range of side effects. They vary depending on the treatments you were given. Side effects may vary from person to person, and even among those having the same treatment.

It can take time to get over the side effects of treatment. Some problems resolve quickly; others can take weeks, months or even years to improve.

– Neil

Ask your health care team what side effects you are likely to experience.

Information about common side effects

  • Cancer pain: How to overcome different types of cancer pain, treatments and non-medication options, and caring for someone in pain.
  • Nutrition: Information on managing changes to appetite, weight, taste and smell and other issues such as feeling sick, having a sore mouth, trouble swallowing and bowel changes such as diarrhoea and constipation.
  • Fertility: Information for when cancer treatment affects the ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy (fertility).
  • Sexuality: How to manage changes to your sexuality and intimate relationships.