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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.

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z


A
Anemia
Ascites

B
Bowel obstruction
Bowel perforation

C
Constipation

D
Diarrhea
Difficulty breathing
Difficulty swallowing
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Dry mouth
     Mouth care
Dumping syndrome

F
Fatigue
Fertility problems

H
Hair loss
Hiccups
Hypercalcemia

I
Increased intracranial pressure (ICP)
Infection

J
Jaundice

L
Loss of appetite
Low blood cell counts
Low platelet count
Low white blood cell count
Lymphedema

N
Nausea and vomiting
     Antinausea drugs

O
Osteoporosis
Osteoradionecrosis

P
Peripheral nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
Pleural effusion

S
Septic shock
Sexual problems for men
Sexual problems for women
Skin problems
Sleep problems
Sore mouth and throat
Spinal cord compression
Superior vena cava syndrome
Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone

T
Taste changes
Treatment-induced menopause
Trismus
Tube feeding and parenteral nutrition
Tumour lysis syndrome

U
Urinary incontinence

V
Vision changes

W
Weight gain

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