Discussing long-term side effects of cancer therapy
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Discussing long-term side effects of cancer therapy

Claire Taylor Chief nursing officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
Luke Morton-Holtham Health data manager (interim), Macmillan Cancer Support

How nurses and healthcare staff can prepare people for the possible long-term effects of cancer therapy

There is a wide range of possible adverse physical, psychological and social effects that can follow cancer treatment. Some will be long-term effects, which persist after cancer treatment has finished and may continue for months or even years. There could be issues that affect specific organs, such as the heart and lungs, bones or bowel, or more generalised effects such as fatigue, loss of libido, financial hardship and low mood.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 22, 6, 10-11. doi: 10.7748/cnp.22.6.10.s4

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