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Consequences of cancer and its treatment

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Cancer treatment is often invasive and can have both short- and long-term consequences, some of which may arise years after treatment was administered. 625,000 people experience long-term consequences following their cancer treatment.

consequences of cancer and its treatment

The consequences of treatment include physical and psychological effects, such as chronic fatigue, sexual difficulties, mental health problems, pain, urinary and gastrointestinal problems and lymphoedema.

Failure to identify and manage these distressing problems effectively can compromise survival, recovery and quality of life.

We have worked with healthcare professionals to develop practical guidance to help you support people who are experiencing consequences of their cancer and its treatment. These resources are available for you to download and order for free from

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