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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Kidney Cancer

When you are being treated for kidney cancer, it is likely that you will have side effects. Depending on how advanced your cancer is, you may also have symptoms of the disease. For instance, cancer that has spread can cause symptoms such as pressure or pain, or it may interfere with the function the involved kidney or other organs.

The treatments to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time. That's why treatment can cause side effects. These can affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others experience 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. These side effects can range from fatigue and hair loss to more serious problems such as organ damage. Some side effects may make other symptoms even more noticeable. For example, if you're depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. As a result, your pain from the cancer or from treatments may feel worse. Likewise, getting relief from one side effect may help alleviate other symptoms.

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 support from family and friends as well as from cancer support groups and organizations.

Ask your healthcare team for tips on how to cope with the most common side effects of treatment for kidney cancer. You'll learn more about each of these is in this section.