Coping with side effects

It can take time to recover from the side effects of treatment. Side effects can be both physical and emotional. They can vary depending on the cancer type and stage, and the treatment you had.

Some side effects go away quickly; others can take weeks, months or even years to improve. Some may be permanent. Your body will cope with the treatment and recovery in its own way. It is important not to compare yourself to others.

Some people experience late side effects. These are problems that develop months or years after treatment finishes. They may result from scarring to parts of the body or damage to internal organs. Talk to your doctor about whether you are at risk of developing late effects from your treatment. If you are concerned about a new symptom, talk to your doctor.

If you have a chronic medical condition following cancer treatment, talk to your GP about developing a Chronic Disease Management Plan or Team Care Arrangement to help you manage the condition.

Learn more about common side effects and ways to cope with them:

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