Research indicates the most common side effects people experience due to cancer and cancer treatment include: fatigue, hair loss, anemia, gastrointestinal problems (like nausea or changes in your bowel habits), pain, and infection, among others. The good news is that there are specific approaches you can take to help manage these side effects.
Knowing what side effects to expect during and after treatment can help you prepare for them. More importantly, being better informed can help you and your health care team to proactively manage or possibly prevent side effects so they will not decrease your quality of life or disrupt your treatment. Some people decide they do not want certain side effects so they talk about a different form of treatment with their health care team. Others manage their side effects and continue to live as normally as possible. However, it is helpful to be aware of possible side effects from your treatment options.
Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatment Include:
Anemia, Infection, & Bleeding
Constipation & Diarrhea
Intimacy, Sex, & Fertility Issues
Mouth & Throat Changes
Nausea & Vomiting
Pain & Neuropathy (Nerve Problems)
Skin & Nail Changes
Weight Loss or Gain