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.

  • Hair loss

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Other side effects

    Cancer has a range of side effects. 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.

  • Late side effects of chemotherapy

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

  • Long terms and late effects

    Some people may have side effects that continue months after treatment and that occasionally become permanent. Other people may develop late effects of treatment months or years later.