Long-Term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Approved by theĀ Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2016

A late effect is a side effect that occurs months or years after cancer treatment. Many people who have received treatment for cancer have a risk of developing long-term side effects. In fact, evaluating and treating late effects is an important part of survivorship care.

Types of late effects

Nearly any treatment can cause late effects, and these are specific to the treatment you received. Below is a list of some of the more common late effects. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you have about a specific late effect.