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Managing Symptoms & Side Effects

Managing pain, symptoms and the side effects that come with cancer can be difficult. Here are answers to some common questions.

This information will help you understand what you or your loved one is going through and help prepare you for what may happen. 

Each circumstance is different. These symptoms and side effects may not occur for everyone.

Pain & symptom management clinics

You can also get help from one of the pain and symptom management clinics in our regional centres. 

You do not need a referral to visit one of these clinics. 

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This is a difficult time for loved ones. As cancer progresses, many patients become weaker and are less able to function than they were previously.


As Cancer Progresses - Info Sheet.pdf

Balance is the ability to stay in a steady position without falling. Coordination is the ability to use different parts of the body together. Balance and coordination can be affected by cancer and caner treatments.


Balance and Coordination - Info Sheet.pdf

Cancer treatments can cause hair loss and changes in the way you look and feel.


Hair Loss and Appearance - Info Sheet.pdf

Loss of appetite is not feeling hungry or having no desire to eat.


Loss of Appetite - Info Sheet.pdf

‎Xerostomia (dry mouth) and oral mucositis (redness and sores) are common side effects of cancer treatment.


Mouth and Teeth - Info Sheet.pdf

Men and women who are experiencing the effects of cancer and its treatments may have problems with intimacy and sexuality.


Sexual Problems - Info Sheet.pdf

There are a number of skin symptoms that come with cancer treatments. Skin problems may include dryness, rash, itching, peeling, sores, pain and swelling.


It is important for you to be aware of skin problems so they can be treated quickly to reduce discomfort and the risk of infection.


Skin and Wounds - Info Sheet.pdf


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