All treatments for cancer have risks of side effects. You may experience some or none of these. This will depend on the type of cancer you have, the stage of the cancer, types of treatment and a range of personal factors. Some side effects can be very distressing, but most will lessen, then disappear in the weeks and months after treatment stops. However, some side effects can be long term. Your treating team will outline the side effects of treatment, and can personalise treatments to you.

Ask your treatment team which side effects you may experience before beginning treatment. Additional treatments or support services may be available to you to lessen these effects.

Follow-up visits are a good opportunity to discuss any symptoms or side effects of your treatment, particularly if there is anything that is concerning you.

Cancer Support groups

Some people find it helpful to have the opportunity to talk to other people who have been through or are going through similar treatment. For information about cancer support groups in your area, talk to your general practitioner, your treatment team or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

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