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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Thymus Cancer

Treatments to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time, causing side effects. Side effects affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others may have many. Some 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. Some side effects may make other symptoms feel worse. For example, if you’re depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. When you are more tired, your pain may feel worse. Getting relief from one side effect may help others.

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

  • Learn how to talk with your health care team about how you're feeling.

  • Seek support from family and friends as well as cancer patient support groups.

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