Long Term Side Effects

Delayed treatment side effects may impact the survivor’s “new normal.” For instance, your loved one may experience infertility, heart problems, lung issues, osteoporosis, second cancers, or cognitive (the process of thought) and memory issues. You may be able to help by assisting your loved one in finding a primary care physician experienced in working with cancer survivors. Long-term side effects can be treated, but only if they are identified. Early intervention is certainly ideal. 

You may find it natural to continue helping with doctor appointments and follow-up plans. However, you should ask if your loved one wants this same level of care. Sometimes people who care about each other have different ideas about what is best. If the issue centers on your loved one's body or health, then he or she has ultimate say about what needs you can fill, but you have a duty to express your wants and concerns as well. 

Chemobrain - Cognitive Dysfunction 

It is estimated that one in five people who undergo chemotherapy will experience what survivors refer to as
chemobrain. long-term (and short-term) symptoms like forgetfulness, lack of concentration, difficulty finding the right words, and difficulty multitasking have all been described by cancer survivors. Though no one knows why this occurs, some theories include: toxic effects of chemotherapy, severe stress, hormone shifts, or the cancer itself affecting the body.

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