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The symptoms of cancer can vary depending on the cancer type and the person. Some people have a number of symptoms while others have none. Treatment also affects people differently. Some symptoms and side effects are quite common and may be due to either the cancer or its treatment.
Get information on controlling the common symptoms of cancer
Get information about fatigue, which is excesive tiredness
Your hair may become thinner or fall out completely due to cancer treatment. It will usually grow back again, but you can wear wigs and hats in the meantime.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can make the mouth sore or dry - knowing how to look after you mouth can really help
Find tips about coping with changes to your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment
Find information and practical breathing tips on how to cope with breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment
Some cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children. There may be various options for you to think about before or after your treatment
Find out about lymphoedema, a swelling in a part of the body as a result of fluid build-up. It can be caused by cancer or its treatments
Some people with cancer may experience pain due to the cancer or its treatment, but there are many effective methods of pain relief.
Read about some of the other symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment
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For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free* (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm).
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You'll know how your breasts normally feel and if you notice any change you should see your GP straight away. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment will be.
Using the Macmillan Organiser to keep a record of any symptoms or pain you’ve experienced makes it easier to get the right support.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
Video discussing different methods for pain control when you are coping with advanced cancer.
Bengu tells her story of coping with hair loss.
Our slide show has tips for coping with a sore mouth.
Denton talks about the ways he coped with cancer-related fatigue.
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