Some cancers can cause symptoms and cancer treatments can cause side effects. Your doctors and nurses will ask you if you are having any symptoms and side effects. It is important to tell your medical team about these so they can help.
For some people, treatment may no longer be able to control the cancer. If this happens, your doctor may suggest changing the aim of treatment. This might involve trying to manage symptoms rather than trying to shrink the cancer. 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, hospices or in the community. They are experts in helping manage symptoms, such as pain or nausea. Your GP or cancer specialist can refer you to a palliative care team.