Breast cancer treatments can cause both temporary side effects that stop soon after treatment finishes and longer-term side effects.
Ongoing side effects, such as hot flushes or fatigue (extreme tiredness), can stop you feeling that you’re moving forward after treatment. For some people, they’re a constant reminder of their breast cancer.
Find out more about some common side effects of breast cancer treatment.
Side effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer are usually temporary and most can be controlled.
Find the common side effects of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer and how to manage any symptoms.
Understand what lymphoedema is and it's effects.
People with breast cancer have a high risk of blood clots, due to the cancer itself as well as treatment.
Some breast cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy) can cause menopausal symptoms.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness and exhaustion, and may affect you physically and emotionally.
Some treatments for breast cancer may cause pain while you’re having them or for some time afterwards.
Some treatments for breast cancer can affect the health of your bones.
Find out about hormone therapy, why it's given and what side effects you might experience.
I’d known people who’d had breast cancer, but they hadn’t had chemotherapy and I didn’t know that fatigue was a side effect. I thought it was just me, that I was being a drama queen.
Betty, Breast Cancer Now service user