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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Kaposi Sarcoma

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 no side effects, while others may experience many. Some side effects may change over time, while others stay the same. Some may be temporary, while others may cause lasting effects

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, pain due to your cancer or its treatment may feel worse. Likewise, getting relief from one side effect may help alleviate others.

To help you feel your best during treatment, you’ll want to talk with your healthcare team on a regular basis about how you’re feeling. Seek support from family and friends, as well as support groups and organizations.

Your healthcare team can explain the possible side effects of your treatments. They can also suggest ways to help prevent or manage these side effects. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any side effects.