Managing the side-effects of cancer treatment
Tip: Know the name and phone number of your nurse specialist, such as your oncology nurse or breast care nurse. Your nurse specialist can advise you about any side-effects you may be having.
How long will the side-effects of treatment last?
I’m worried that my side-effects mean the cancer has come back
It’s normal to worry that side-effects may be a sign that your cancer has come back. This can be very distressing. Speak to your doctor if you are worried, but remember that side-effects like fatigue and pain after cancer treatment are very common and usually improve with time.
- You feel that you cannot cope well with your side-effects.
- Your side-effects do not improve over time.
- Your side-effects get worse.
- You develop a new symptom that you are worried about.
What can I do to improve my side-effects?
Sometimes when you are no longer attending hospital as often it can feel more difficult to get medical advice and other support, but help is available.