Whether or not you’re having treatment to control the cancer, your doctors and nurses will regularly check whether you’re having any symptoms and side effects. Some symptoms are only likely to happen with particular types of cancer, and side effects can be caused by cancer treatments. It’s important to let your medical team know about any symptoms or side effects so they can arrange appropriate help and treatment.
For some people, treatment may no longer be controlling the cancer. In this situation, your doctor may suggest that the aim of treatment changes from trying to shrink the cancer, to easing troublesome or distressing symptoms. This will help you feel better and have the best possible quality of life.
Palliative care teams based in hospitals and the community are experts in helping control symptoms such as pain. Your GP or cancer specialist can refer you to a palliative care team.