Side effects and symptoms

You might experience a range of side effects during and after cancer treatment. Find out more about them, and how you can cope with them.

  • Breathlessness

    Cancer can cause breathlessness. We have tips on relaxation and other techniques to help.

  • Tiredness (fatigue)

    The term often used for extreme tiredness is fatigue. Look at our information on managing tiredness through relaxation and other techniques.

  • Fertility in men

    Cancer can affect fertility in men. Support and treatment is available.

  • Fertility in women

    Learn more about what cancer means for fertility in women, and what help is available.

  • Hair loss

    Cancer treatment can cause hair loss. Find ways to cope, and to look after your hair and scalp.

  • Mouth problems

    Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy can cause mouth problems. We have tips for keeping your mouth healthy.

  • Eating problems

    Cancer and its treatment can cause problems with eating including sickness, appetite loss and a sore mouth. Find ways to deal with them.

  • Pain

    If you're dealing with pain caused by cancer, we can tell you about treatment and other support.

  • Lymphoedema

    If you're living with lymphoedema we have information and support for you.

  • Other side effects

    Cancer has a range of side effects. Find out more about them and how to ease them.

  • Late effects of pelvic radiotherapy

    Find out more about late effects of pelvic radiotherapy and how they can be treated and managed.

  • Late effects of chemotherapy

    The risk of getting late effects is usually outweighed by the benefits of chemotherapy treatment.

  • Bone health

    Some cancer treatments may affect your bones. Find tips to help you maintain healthy bones and improve your bone strength.

  • Menopause

    Treatment for some cancers can cause menopausal symptoms. Find out more about them and how to ease them.

  • Cancer treatment and your heart

    Cancer treatment may cause problems with your heart. Find out more about how this is monitored and tips to keep your heart healthy.

Claire, diagnosed with brain Cancer, hugs Shez, her Macmillan nurse.

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