Managing symptoms and side effects
Some cancers cause symptoms, which are changes in your body. Treatments for cancer can also cause unwanted symptoms, or side effects. Examples of symptoms and side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. They have different causes and can vary in severity and how long they last.
Everyone experiences symptoms and side effects differently. Although they can affect your well-being and quality of life, many can be treated or managed. Talk to your healthcare team if you have symptoms or side effects. They can suggest ways to control them.
Sexual problems for men
Sexual problems for women
Sore mouth and throat
Spinal cord compression
Superior vena cava syndrome
Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.