Potential Side Effects after Treatment
Cancer and its treatment can impact every aspect of your life – physical, emotional, social and spiritual. And cancer’s impact ripples to the survivor’s family, friends and caregivers.
Every person experiences cancer differently. Some embrace the term “survivor” as a powerful inspiration. Others don’t like the word. Some keep working through treatment, not wanting cancer to disrupt their lives. Others change their lives completely after diagnosis.
There is no single, correct way to be a survivor, and survivorship is not an orderly, linear process. Everyone navigates their survivorship journey differently.
What to Expect After Treatment
Side effects after treatment depend on your type and stage of cancer, the treatments you received and your general health before your cancer diagnosis.
Some side effects that appear during treatment may linger on after your treatment ends, while others may appear months or even years after your treatment is over.
Some common physical side effects:
- Poor appetite or difficulty eating.
- Memory/concentration difficulties.
- Bladder or bowel control problems.
- Menopausal symptoms.
Psychosocial & other issues:
- Fear of recurrence – “Will it come back?”
- Anger or irritability.
- Changes in body image.
- Difficulties with sexual intimacy or functioning.
- Worry about returning to work/activities.