Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

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Tell your doctor about side effects you are experiencing, so you get the care and treatment you need to manage these problems.

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Cancer treatments can cause side effects—problems that occur when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Ask your health care team what side effects you are likely to have. Learn about steps you can take, and supportive care you will receive, to feel better. Information about ways to prevent or manage specific cancer-related side effects is included in the list below:

Speak up about any side effects you have, or changes you notice, so your health care team can treat or help you to manage these side effects. Keep in mind that side effects vary from person to person, even among those receiving the same treatment.

  • Updated: September 22, 2017

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