Whether or not you are having treatment to control the cancer, your doctors and nurses will ask you if you are having any symptoms and side effects. Symptoms can happen with some types of cancer, and side effects can be caused by cancer treatments. It is 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 able to control the cancer. In this situation, your doctor may suggest that the aim of treatment changes from trying to shrink the cancer, to managing worrying or upsetting symptoms. This is called supportive or palliative care. It will help you feel better and have the best possible quality of life.
There are palliative care teams based in hospitals and the community. They are experts in helping control symptoms such as pain. Your GP or cancer specialist can refer you to a palliative care team.