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Symptoms or treatment side-effects

Cancer and its treatment can cause a number of physical symptoms such as breathing difficulties, changes in bowel and bladder habits, swelling, fevers, indigestion, mouth sores, nausea, pain, skin irritation and tingling in hands and/or feet. If you are concerned about any of these speak to your treating team or contact your GP.

If you need to find a health service close to you go to the National Health Services Directory.

If you are very concerned about any symptom, or if a symptom such as shortness of breath, pain, a sudden high fever, uncontrolled nausea or vomiting suddenly become worse, call 000 immediately.

If you need information about cancer symptoms or treatment side-effects, visit the links below:

Support information and services

Cancer Council Victoria provide information on common cancer treatment side effects including, what causes them, what the symptoms are and how to manage the side effects.

If you would like to speak to a specialist nurse about symptoms, treatment side-effects, or any concerns you have for yourself or someone you care for, contact a cancer nurse.

Cancer Council Victoria’s information and support line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Experienced cancer nurses can talk to you about the effects of specific types of cancer and explain what will happen during cancer treatment.

NURSE-ON-CALL is a phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.