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Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

Managing Physical Effects

Browse a list of common side effects of cancer or cancer treatment with links to practical information for preventing or relieving these effects. Also find information on maintaining proper nutrition during cancer treatment. To learn more, see Palliative Care in Cancer.

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Anemia and Bleeding Problems
Confusion and Memory Problems
Constipation and Diarrhea
Fatigue
Fever
Hair Loss
Lymphedema
Nausea and Vomiting
Nutrition
Oral Complications
Pain
Sexuality and Fertility
Skin Changes
Sweats and Hot Flashes
Other Physical Effects
Understanding Chemotherapy
Understanding Radiation Therapy


Anemia and Bleeding Problems

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Confusion and Memory Problems

  • Delirium (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about delirium as a complication of cancer or its treatment. Supportive care and pharmacologic approaches to the management of delirium are discussed.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Memory Changes
    Practical information about what causes memory changes during chemotherapy. Get helpful tips and learn what questions to ask your doctor to learn more.

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Constipation and Diarrhea

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Fatigue

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Fever

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Hair Loss

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Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

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Lymphedema

  • Lymphedema (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer-related lymphedema, a condition in which lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Swelling (Fluid Retention)
    Practical information about what causes swelling (fluid retention) during chemotherapy, steps to take to prevent it, and when to call your doctor. Learn what questions to ask your doctor.

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Nausea and Vomiting

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Nutrition

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Oral Complications

  • Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about oral complications, such as mucositis and salivary gland dysfunction, that occur in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the head and neck.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Mouth and Throat Changes
    Practical steps to take if your mouth or throat hurts during chemotherapy. Learn about a mouth rinse that can help, what foods to avoid, and questions to ask your doctor.
  • What To Do When Your Mouth or Throat Hurts
    An easy-to-read fact sheet for radiation therapy patients that includes information and tips to help manage mouth or throat pain, feel better during treatment, and talk with their doctor or nurse.

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Pain

  • Pain (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about pain as a complication of cancer or its treatment. Approaches to the management and treatment of cancer-associated pain are discussed.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Pain
    Practical advice to help you prevent or manage pain during chemotherapy treatment. Tips to help you track your pain, get the most from your pain medicine, and know when to call your doctor about.
  • Pain Control: Support for People with Cancer
    A booklet for cancer patients that addresses pain control medicines and methods, as well as the physical and emotional effects of pain.
  • Many Patients with Cancer Need Better Treatments for Pain
    Inadequate pain treatment in patients with cancer remains a significant problem and appears to be more frequent among minorities, according to a new study published online April 16, 2012, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Nerve Changes
    Practical information about nerve changes (also called peripheral neuropathy) and tips that have helped others during chemotherapy. Learn what changes to call your doctor about and questions to ask your doctor.

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Sexuality and Fertility

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Skin Changes

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Other Physical Effects

  • Cardiopulmonary Syndromes (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about common conditions that produce chest symptoms. The cardiopulmonary syndromes addressed in this summary are cancer-related dyspnea, malignant pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and superior vena cava syndrome.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Nerve Changes
    Practical information about nerve changes (also called peripheral neuropathy) and tips that have helped others during chemotherapy. Learn what changes to call your doctor about and questions to ask your doctor.
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Urination Changes
    Practical information about how to prevent or manage changes in urination during chemotherapy, problems to call your doctor about, and questions to ask your doctor.
  • What To Do About Changes When You Urinate
    An easy-to-read fact sheet for radiation therapy patients that includes information and tips to help people manage changes when they urinate, feel better during treatment, and talk with their doctor or nurse.

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Understanding Chemotherapy

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Understanding Radiation Therapy

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