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 cancer treatments.
People who have had cancer and treatment may have problems with balance, may feel dizzy or nauseated, or feel like the room is spinning.
People may also feel weak, which can cause problems with coordination and/or walking.
Some cancers directly affect the nervous system. People who have/had brain cancer or cancers in the spine or nerves will be most affected. Some cancers in other parts of the body may press on nerves.
Some treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation to the head, neck or spine will also impact the nervous system and cause problems with balance and coordination.
Problems with balance and coordination may appear after radiation in the short term (2-6 month) or in the long term (months or years after treatment).