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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Anal Cancer

The treatments to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time, and that means treatment can cause side effects.

Side effects affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others may have many. Some side effects may change over time, while others stay the same. Some may be temporary, while others may be permanent.

When side effects occur, they can interfere with your day-to-day life. Some side effects may make other symptoms feel worse. For example, if you’re depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. When you are more tired, your pain may feel worse. Getting relief from one side effect may help others.

To help you feel your best during treatment, you’ll want to take these steps:

  • Learn how to talk with your health care team about how you’re feeling.

  • Seek support from family and friends as well as associations.

  • Write down your questions and bring them with you to your appointment.   

  • Consider bringing a family member or close friend to your appointments. 

Ask your health care team for tips on how to cope with the most common side effects of treatment for anal cancer.