Facing Cancer Treatment

Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

If you or a loved one is starting cancer treatment, talk to your doctor/cancer team about your chances of having side effects. The team will watch you closely and ask if you notice any problems. If you do have side effects or other problems, your doctor or nurse will talk with you about ways to manage them.

Emotional Responses

Cognitive disorders and delirium may be complications of cancer and cancer treatment, especially in people with advanced cancer. These conditions can be treated and are often temporary.

Physical Responses

Fatigue, hot flashes, infection, lymphedema, nausea and pain are all side effects of different cancer treatments. Get helpful tips for managing common problems people with cancer experience.

Chemotherapy Side Effects

The side effects of chemo generally depend on the type of therapy being offered and most side effects cease after treatment. Although uncommon, some treatments may produce long-term effects.

Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Many people who get radiation therapy have skin changes and fatigue. Other side effects depend on the part of the body being treated but most side effects go away within 2 months of completing therapy.