Don’t forget to discuss long-term effects of cancer therapy
Many people are not aware of the possible long-term effects of cancer therapy, and nurses and healthcare staff should offer practical advice when preparing them
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.