Side Effects of Treatment

Not every patient experiences side effects from his or her cancer treatment, and the severity of side effects varies greatly from patient to patient. Most side effects slowly go away after treatment ends because the healthy cells recover over time. The time it takes to get over some side effects and regain energy varies from person to person. It depends on many factors, including your overall health and the drugs you were given. Be sure to discuss any and all side effects you notice or think you are feeling with your physician at all times. In many cases, there are treatments available to decrease or cease many side effects, as long as there is open communication on both sides.

Potential side effects to cancer treatment can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain
  • Hair Loss
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Lymphedema
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Increased Risk of Infection
  • Increased Chance of Bruising
  • Increased Chance of Bleeding
  • Fertility and Sexual Side Effects
  • Incontinence

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