Questions to ask about Late and Long-term Side effects of Chemotherapy

  • What can be done to manage side effects that continue after treatment? 
  • Here are the most common long-term and late effects that may occur as a result of treatment 
  • Do I need to see any other physicians or experts, such as a cardiologist or an endocrinologist?

The majority of people anticipate experiencing side effects while undergoing treatment. Survivors are often surprised to learn that some side effects can last for months or even years after treatment, referred to as long-term side effects, or that other side effects can appear months or even years later, referred to as late effects. Other health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease, may worsen as a result of cancer treatment.

Long-term effects are unique to certain types of treatment and typically manifest themselves over a set period of time. Based on the type of cancer, treatment plan, and overall health, your doctor will be able to tell you if you are at risk for developing any late effects. Some of the long-term side effects of cancer therapy, on the other hand, are discussed here.

  • Bone, joint, and soft tissue problems.
  • Chemobrain.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Endocrine (hormone) system problems.
  • Emotional difficulties.
  • Fatigue. 
  • Heart problems.
  • Lung problems.
  • Lymphedema.
  • Peripheral neuropathy.
  • Secondary cancers.

Reference - 

Long-Term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment. (2020, April 22). Retrieved from