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Coping with symptoms and treatments



Sometimes treatments for cancer may make you feel unwell. At the same time, you may be trying to cope with a range of symptoms caused by the cancer itself.

The symptoms or side effects you have depend on your cancer, your treatment and how your body responds to it.

Support at Guy's and St Thomas'

The medical and nursing teams caring for you will try to minimise your side effects and symptoms, so it is important to let you know how you are feeling. They may be able to alter your treatment or help you to control your symptoms.

You may be offered palliative care, particularly if you need help controlling pain. This aims to make you more comfortable by preventing or treating symptoms and side effects.

Your key worker or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will also advise you on how to cope with the effects of your cancer and treatment before, during and after your care.

Practical and emotional support

If you want to talk to someone, find out more about your condition and how it's treated, or get advice about outside organisations that can help you, you can visit the Dimbleby Cancer Care service. We also provide a range of psychological and emotional support services for you and your loved ones.

Other support

Macmillan Cancer Support also provides more detailed guidance on how to handle the common side effects and symptoms such as:

  • anxiety
  • pain
  • fatigue
  • hair loss
  • lymphoedema (build-up of fluid)
  • mouth problems.

Dimbleby Cancer Care

Dimbleby Cancer Care is a support and information service for cancer patients and their carers from south east London and west Kent.