The Side Effects of Cancer

The side effects of cancer will greatly alter
a patient's lifestyle. Learn more about
overcoming these hardships.

The Side Effects of Cancer

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Enduring the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment is one of the harsh realities associated with the battle against cancer. There is no denying that cancer patients will have their lifestyles heavily altered both during and after treatment. In response, Moffitt Cancer Center has an expert support team on staff to help sufferers not only tolerate the side effects of cancer, but overcome these hardships.

Some of these common side effects include, but are not limited to:


FertilityBoth males and females will, on occasion, experience infertility as a cancer side effect. This is especially common for gynecological oncology related disease in women and testicular cancer in men.
  • Fertility preservation
  • Effect on females
  • Effect on Males
  • Options

Dietary Concerns

Dietary ConcernsLoss of appetite and a change in diet is to be expected throughout cancer treatment. Moffitt's Department of Nutrition offers patients a variety of dietary services.
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Fever not connected to flu or other common illness
  • Unexplained swelling or lumps

Cognitive/Memory Changes

Cognitive/Memory ChangesMoffitt's psychological support team works with patients to prevent cognitive changes and memory loss that sometimes occur as a result of cancer treatment.
  • Causes of cognitive disorders
  • Signs of cognitive disorders
  • Other risk factors

Nausea & Vomiting

Nausea & VomitingThese are perhaps two of the most widespread side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and Moffitt's nurses are highly trained in helping reduce these symptoms.
  • Prostate cancer screenings
  • Breast cancer screenings
  • Ovarian and cervical cancer screenings
  • Skin cancer screenings

Hair Loss

Hair LossMoffitt understands the physical and mental toll that hair loss often has on patients. In addition to offering emotional support, Moffitt is home to Magnolias Hair Salon, a fully functional beauty and barber shop. Consultation for hair loss is avalailable at Magnolias.
  • Diet & Cancer Prevention
  • Nutrition During Treatment
  • Exercise guidelines
  • Behavior change strategies
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