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Find information here about common side effects that can be caused by cancer and cancer-related treatment

Many people with cancer experience side effects that can be caused by cancer and/or cancer treatment. The types and level of side effects you may experience will depend on the type of treatment you have and may vary from person to person. Side effects can be physical or emotional.  

Cancer treatments which commonly cause side effects include surgerychemotherapy and radiation therapy but they can occur with any treatment.  

It can take time to get over the side effects of cancer and treatment even when treatment comes to an end. Some side effects go away quickly while others can take weeks, months or even years to improve. Every person’s experience will be different so it is important not to compare yourself with others even if they had the same treatment.  

Some of the more common side effects are outlined below.  

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