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Long term and late effects of treatment

Some cancer treatments result in long-term side effects that linger after treatment, or "late effects" that can occur even months after treatment has ended. Researchers are studying these effects to develop treatments with fewer long-term effects but there are ways to cope for those already affected. 

Learn more about longterm and late effects 

Late effects (ASCO's Cancer.Net)

Aftereffects of cancer treatment (LIVESTRONG)

Long-term effects of cancer therapy (American Society of Clinical Oncology)

Stricker and Jacobs. 2008. Physical late effects in adult cancer survivors. Oncology Nurse Edition 22(8):33-42.


Coping with fatigue after cancer treatment (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

Fatigue after cancer treatment video (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)


Cognitive effects

What is chemo brain? (Chemocare)

Chemo Brain (American Cancer Society)

Chemobrain: The impact of cancer treatments on memory, thinking and attention (CancerCare)

Respiratory issues 

Managing breathlessness (MacMillan Cancer Support)

Lung exercises (YouTube videos from Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT/Personal Trainer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer)

Lung toxicities

Lung damage (acute pulmonary toxicity) (CancerConnect)

Radiation fibrosis syndrome: A long-term complication of radiation therapy video (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

Pain and neuropathy 

Chronic pain (LIVESTRONG)

Managing post-treatment neuropathy (CancerCare Connect Workshop)

Neuropathy (LIVESTRONG)

Living with peripheral neuropathy (Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy)