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Common side effects

It can take time to recover from the side effects of treatment. Side effects can be both physical and emotional. They can vary depending on the cancer type and stage, and the treatment you had.

Some side effects go away quickly; others can take weeks, months or even years to improve. Some may be permanent. Your body will cope with the treatment and recovery in its own way. It is important not to compare yourself to others.

Common side effects include:

Changes in thinking and memory

Fatigue and cancer


Hair loss


Mouth health

Complementary therapies

Overcoming cancer pain

Taste and smell changes

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