Cancer and cancer treatments can cause a range of side-effects. They can happen:
- During treatment
- A short time after treatment has ended
- Some time after treatment - we have more information about coping with late side-effects
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.
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