Side Effects

Updated 
August 31, 2015

Side effects are problems that happen when your breast cancer treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. There are many different types of side effects, and whether they occur depends on a variety of factors. Some can be short-term, while others last longer. Many side effects are connected to specific medicines, regiments or therapies.

For many people, side effects are among the most distressing parts of breast cancer treatment. But today there are many ways to prevent and manage side effects. Talking openly with your providers can help you. In this section, we discuss different side effects, when and how likely they are to occur and the treatments connected to them. You will also learn ways to prevent side effects, if possible, and methods to manage or treat them. We also give you tips to describe side effects, as well as ways to start a conversation with your providers.

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