Late effects of treatment are side effects that can develop many months or years after treatment finishes. Or they may be side effects that carry on for longer and don’t go away.
Your doctor or specialist nurse can explain the risk of any possible late effects of your treatment. You can ask for advice on possible signs or symptoms to look out for. They can also tell you if there is anything you can do to help reduce the risk of certain late effects. This could include not smoking, keeping to a healthy weight and being more physically active.
We have included examples of some possible late effects. We have not listed them all. You can find more in our information on your type of cancer and our information on late effects below.
It is very important to tell your doctor about any new symptoms you get or if the symptoms you have don’t improve.