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Other Side Effects

  • Appearance: Taking Control During Treatment

    Treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can damage a person's skin, hair, and nails. Many of these changes will go away after treatment ends. But such side effects, particularly hair loss, may also damage a person's spirits.

  • Hypercalcemia (High Calcium Level in the Blood)

    Your calcium level can become too high if your cancer has spread to the bones, causing calcium to be released, or your cancer may release certain hormones that affect the normal systems that control the calcium level in your blood.

  • Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea

    Dyspnea is the technical word for difficulty breathing. It's a common symptom in people who have lung cancer or have cancer that has spread to the lungs.

  • Lymphedema (PDQ®)

    Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of lymphedema.

  • Hormonal Therapy: Managing Side Effects in Women

    The female hormones estrogen and progesterone promote the growth of some breast tumors. Hormonal therapy may be given to block these hormones from stimulating tumor growth.

  • Coping with Dry Mouth During Cancer Therapy

    Dry mouth is a common complaint during some types of cancer treatments.

  • Cancer Caused by Chemotherapy or Radiation

    the likelihood of chemotherapy or radiation treatment causing a second cancer is rare. Nevertheless, cancer can occur in some instances, so it’s important to be aware of the potential risks involved before undergoing these cancer treatments.