A wide variety of drugs is used to treat cancer. Many of them have side effects, some of them potentially serious and long-lasting.
One reason that cancer drugs tend to have many/severe side effects is that cancer cells are not very different from healthy cells. Because of this close similarity, drugs that kill cancer cells frequently also affect normal cells. Choose a topic from the list on the left to learn about a particular side-effect and treatments/prevention methods.
Additional psychosocial effects, including depression, are discussed in our section on cancer survivorship.
The National Cancer Institute has produced a concise guide to survivorship that includes suggestions for how to cope with many of the side effects listed in this section. Get the guide to post-treatment survivorship from the NCI.