Along with treating your disease, we provide care beginning at the time of diagnosis to decrease your symptoms, improve your quality of life, and prevent or treat health problems related to the disease or its treatment.
Side effects are an important concern for many people receiving cancer treatment. Besides killing cancer cells, treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can damage healthy tissue and cause side effects like fatigue, hair loss, digestive problems, mouth sores, skin irritation, and low levels of healthy blood cells.
Your doctor will talk with you about the specific side effects you might develop and what to watch for. We will help you take the best possible care of yourself to prevent, minimize, or relieve side effects so you can focus your energy on your recovery.
Let your team know about any side effects you experience. They may be able to give you medicines to prevent or relieve side effects or suggest other ways to manage them. If you are receiving chemotherapy, your doctor may change your dosage or treatment schedule to prevent side effects from getting worse. For general advice, see information on managing symptoms.
The time it takes to get over some side effects and regain energy depends on many factors, including your overall health and your treatment. Many side effects improve or go away after treatment is finished because your healthy cells recover over time.