Managing cancer side effects

Cancer and cancer treatments may cause a range of side effects. They vary depending on the treatments you were given, and they 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. Ask your health care team what side effects you are likely to experience.


Managing common side effects

Learn how to manage these common side effects:

Fatigue Learn about the most common side effect of cancer and its treatment. Information on what causes it and how to cope.
Hair loss Learn tips on why hair loss happens and how to take care of your hair and scalp during and after treatment. 
Changes in thinking and memory Some people diagnosed with cancer notice changes in the way they think and remember information. Learn how to manage your day-to-day tasks and improve thinking and memory.
Lymphoedema Learn about what lymphoedema is, why it can develop after treatment for cancer, its signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatment and management options.
Peripheral neuropathy Learn about what peripheral neuropathy is, why it can develop after treatment for cancer, its signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatment and management options.
Taste and smell changes Learn how to manage common changes to the taste of food and drink during treatment.
Mouth health Learn about the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, or a combination of treatments that can affect the mouth area.
Nutrition and cancer Learn how to manage 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.
Pain and cancer Learn about overcoming different types of cancer pain, treatments and non-medication options, and caring for someone in pain.
Breast prostheses and reconstruction Learn what to consider when deciding whether or not to wear a prosthesis or get a reconstruction after breast surgery.
Fertility Learn about when cancer treatment affects the ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy (fertility), and how to cope with this.
Sexuality Learn how to manage changes to your sexuality and intimate relationships.

     – Neil


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