Cancer treatments can cause negative side effects. These side effects can occur when normal cells are damaged by cancer treatment. Not everyone will have the same side effects.
It is important to know that, in many cases, side effects can be managed by your healthcare team with the use of what are called supportive care therapies. Discuss any side effects you have with your team to see how they can help.
Common side effects of chemotherapy may include: Loss of appetite (anorexia), Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea, Hair loss, Constipation, Shortness of breath (dyspnea), Tiredness (fatigue), Numbness or tingling in the hands and/or feet (peripheral neuropathy), Low red blood cell count (can cause severe fatigue), Low white blood cell count (can increase the likelihood of infection)
Common side effects of radiation may include: Hair loss, Tiredness (fatigue), Skin reaction (rash), Throat soreness (esophagitis)
Common side effects from targeted therapies may include: Loss of appetite (anorexia), Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea, Tiredness (fatigue), Skin reaction (rash), Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Read more information about this on the Lung Cancer Alliance website.