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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin

The treatments used to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time. That means cancer treatment can cause side effects.

Side effects affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others may have many. Certain side effects may change over time, while others stay the same. Some side effects 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 even more noticeable. For example, if you’re depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. When you are more tired, aches and pains may be even more bothersome than usual. Likewise, getting relief from one side effect may help alleviate others.

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

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

  • Seek help and encouragement from family and friends as well as from cancer support groups and associations.

Ask your healthcare team for tips on how to cope with the most common side effects of treatment for carcinoma of unknown primary.