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Occasionally, people have late effects of chemotherapy. These are side effects you still have six months after chemotherapy, or side effects that begin years later.
Late effects aren’t common and any risk is outweighed by the benefits of chemotherapy.
Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse can explain any possible late effects of your chemotherapy treatment.
Different drugs cause different late effects. Some drugs may cause an early menopause| or infertility|. Other drugs may cause peripheral neuropathy|, which is permanent in some people.
Some chemotherapy drugs can increase the risk of developing particular types of cancer or leukaemia later in life. This is rare, and your doctors will weigh up the small increase in risk of this happening, against the benefit of the chemotherapy in treating your cancer.
Some chemotherapy drugs may increase the risk of heart or lung problems later in life. Your doctor can give you more information about this.
There are some things you can do that will help you optimise your health.
Content last reviewed: 1 October 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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