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Treatment and Side Effects

Cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or biological therapy. Your doctor may use one or a combination of methods. The type treatment depends on the type and location of the cancer, whether the disease had spread, your age and general health, and other factors.

Side effects of radiation (usually temporary) can include mild skin irritation (similar to sunburn), nausea, bladder irritation, diarrhea, or fatigue. Side effects of chemotherapy can include diarrhea, nausea, loss of hair, rashes on hands and feet, mouth sores and fatigue. Most of these side effects disappear once treatment ends. Be sure to ask your physician for specific information on side effects of your cancer treatment.

For more information, see our treatment section .


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