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Handling the Side Effects of Cancer

Facing the many potential side effects that come with cancer, cancer treatment and post-cancer management can be overwhelming. You’re not alone, though. Millions of people have been through this, and, we’ve researched, studied and learned from their experiences. As a result, we can offer you and your family advice and assistance to handle side effects that you may experience during and after your cancer treatment.

Cancer Side Effects Links

Cancer-Related Pain (Source: American Cancer Society)
Cancer and the treatment of cancer can be painful. Knowing what to expect and learning how to cope may alleviate fear and prepare you for what’s in store. Visit this site to learn about the types of pain you may experience and methods to manage it.

Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families (Source: American Cancer Society)
It’s difficult for your loved ones to see you in pain. This guide will address their anxieties and fears, and give family and friends advice on how to help with fatigue, poor appetite, confusion, depression and more.

Understanding Cancer Pain (Source: Cancer-Pain.org)
This website will help you learn about what cancer pain is, how it’s caused, how it will affect your life, how to assess your level of pain, and when it’s important to report it to your doctor.

Pain Control: Support for People with Cancer (Source: National Cancer Institute)
Cancer pain is manageable and controllable. Use this information booklet to learn about the medicine and treatments that your cancer care team may use to help control your pain.

Cancer Treatment Side Effects Links

Chemotherapy Side Effects Sheets (Source: National Cancer Institute)
The National Cancer Institute has created and collected free pamphlets of information on how to manage chemotherapy side effects for individual types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.

About Chemotherpay Side Effects (Source: www.chemocare.com)
This is the Scott Hamilton Care’s Initiative. Find information about chemotherapy drugs, side effects, eating well during chemotherapy, complementary therapies to help you get through treatment and more.

Radiation Therapy Effects (Source: American Cancer Society)
Learn about the side effects of radiation therapy, as well as ways to prevent and manage them.

Managing the Effects of Illness and Treatment (Source: American Cancer Society)
View this online presentation and class for patients and family members about how to manage the effects of cancer-related illness and treatment.

Side Effects of Cancer Treatment (Source: OncoLink)
Side effects of cancer treatment may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, infection, insomnia and pain. Learn more about the side effects and ways to handle them.

Post-Cancer Management Side Effects

Cancer survivors: Late Effects of Cancer Treatment (Source: Mayo Clinic)
Although it saved your life, you cancer treatment may continue to have an effect on your health. Learn about some common late effects of cancer treatment here.

Survivorship Information (Source: Livestrong.com)
After cancer treatment, you may notice some physical and mental differences. Learn about survivorship, common emotional experiences, cognitive changes – also known as chemo brain, fertility issues and more.

Last Updated: 6/20/14