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Coping with side-effects of cancer treatment

Tips on managing symptoms and side-effects during and after cancer treatment

Cancer and cancer treatments can cause a range of side-effects. They can happen

Track and report any side-effects

It’s very important to be aware of any changes and let your medical team know about them, even if they happen some time after treatment. There are treatments to help with most side-effects. 

Even if a symptom is not troubling you too much, it’s still best to let your medical team know how you’re feeling, as it may be a symptom of something else. For example, fatigue may be a sign that your red blood cell count is low or that your treatment is affecting your hormone levels. If this is the case, you can have treatment to help you feel better.

Keeping track of side-effects: Keep a diary or use a mobile phone app to note how you’re feeling. You can ask your consultant or specialist nurse about this.

Types of side-effects

If you want to know more about side-effects and get tips on things you can do to feel better, please choose from the list below:

Other side effects

  • Hypercalcaemia. High calcium levels in blood.
  • Ascites. Swollen tummy caused by a build-up of fluid.
  • Endocrine (hormone) problems.
  • Kidney changes and fluid retention (swelling - oedema).
  • Cachexia. Severe weight loss.
Cancer treatment side-effect resources
Downloadable booklets and leaflets
Diet and Cancer booklet
Diet and Cancer - A guide for patients and families booklet
This booklet has been written to help you learn more about diet and cancer. It is aimed at people with cancer at any stage. It would also be useful to people who are caring for someone with cancer.
Coping with Fatigue booklet
Coping with Fatigue booklet
This booklet has been written to help you find ways to cope with fatigue. It is designed for people with a cancer diagnosis.
Reducing your risk of arm and leg lymphoedema factsheet
Reducing your Risk of Arm and Leg Lymphoedema factsheet
This factsheet is written to help you learn what lymphoedema is and how you can reduce your risk of getting it. It is aimed at people who have a cancer diagnosis and are at risk of lymphoedema.

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