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But, some women may have side effects that continue months after treatment and which occasionally become permanent. Other women may develop delayed late effects of treatment months or years later.
Not everyone experiences long-term or late effects| and many get better over time. How likely you are to have problems, if at all, depends on different factors, such as the type of treatment you’ve had. Problems can often be mild and women usually find helpful ways of adjusting to them.
Doctors and researchers look at ways of making sure women get the best treatment for breast cancer with as few side effects as possible.
Although this section is addressed to women, some of the information may help men who are experiencing late effects of breast cancer treatment. Breast cancer in men| is rare and there isn’t a lot of information available. However, men receive similar breast cancer treatments to women and may experience some of the same late effects.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2010
Next planned review: 2013
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