Side effects and symptoms

Other side effects

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

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    Difficulty sleeping

    If you are having difficulty sleeping, there are things you can do to help.

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    Fistula

    A fistula is an abnormal opening between two parts of the body. It may be caused by cancer treatment or, less often, cancer itself. Fistulas are very rare.

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    Adhesions

    Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that may form after abdominal surgery causing organs in your tummy (abdomen) to stick together.

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    Fungating wounds

    Fungating wounds are rare. They develop when cancer breaks through the skin and creates a wound.

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    Nausea and vomiting

    Cancer and its treatment can make you feel sick (nauseous) or be sick (vomit). There are drugs that can help control this.

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    Hernia

    A hernia is a lump caused by an internal part of the body pushing through a weakness in a muscle or tissue wall.