Understanding the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Fear about side effects from cancer treatment adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis. This fear comes from a belief that the discomfort of side effects cannot be relieved. That is not true. Many advances have been made in preventing or managing the most common treatment-related side effects.
Managing side effects is important because if you feel better, you are more likely to complete your treatment as planned by your oncologist, and treatment is most effective when it is carried out as planned. Learning the facts about side effects can help people with cancer cope better with them.