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Coping with cancer

What is the impact of cancer on my life? Getting diagnosed with cancer has a great impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. It can cause feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, fear, or even depression. Undergoing treatment for cancer is intense and will affect your work and social life. You may worry about

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Coping with hair loss and thinning

Coping with hair loss and thinning Hair loss due to cancer treatment can be very distressing. There are some practical things you can do to help. Tips for possible complete hair loss Ask about a wig before you start treatment, so you can match the colour and texture of your real hair. If you are

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Bladder cancer

What is bladder cancer? Bladder cancer is the growth of abnormal tissue (tumour) in the bladder. There are several stages of bladder cancer. Your treatment and experience will depend on the specific characteristics of the tumour (referred to as “staging” the tumour) and the expertise of your medical team. This section provides general information about

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Kidney cancer

What is kidney cancer? Kidney cancer is a malignant cell growth (a tumour) in the kidneys. Its medical name is renal cell carcinoma. A tumour in the kidney can also be benign (non-cancerous). Kidney cancer is a general term. There are many variations of tumours in the kidney and stages of the disease. Your treatment and

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Palliative care

If your tumour has spread to other organs or tissues (metastases), surgery is not a treatment option. At this point, treatment should reduce symptoms and maintain your quality of life. This is the main focus of palliative care. During palliative care, you and your loved ones are supported by a multidisciplinary team. Together you address

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Other resources

About this page This page lists resources you may find useful when learning about urological conditions, treatment, clinical research and patient groups. EAU Patient Information does not necessarily endorse, or necessarily have influence over, any of the sites listed on this web page. Cancer patient groups Belgium European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC). Belgium Website Europa

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Radiation therapy

What is radiation therapy? Radiation therapy is well-established as a treatment for cancer. High-energy radiation is used to destroy cancer cells. It can be done with external beam radiation therapy or internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy. Usually, no numbing medication (anaesthesia) is needed for radiation therapy. External beam radiation therapy is a treatment option

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Side effects of radiotherapy

Side effects during treatment Radiotherapy affects people in different ways, so it's difficult to predict exactly how you will react. Some people have only mild side effects but for others the side effects are more severe. Some of the main side effects are explained below. Tiredness and weakness Most people feel tired while they are

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Side effects of hormone therapy in women

Tiredness You may feel more tired when you are taking hormone therapy. Find out more about coping with tiredness (fatigue). Digestive system problems Hormone therapy can cause a few problems with your digestive system. You may feel sick. This is usually mild and settles down after a few days or weeks. Your doctor can prescribe anti-sickness

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Side effects of hormone therapy in men

Side effects hormone therapy Many men find that the side effects are often worse at the start of treatment. They usually settle down after a few weeks or months. Tiredness You may feel more tired when you are taking hormone therapy. Problems getting an erection (impotence) Hormone therapy lowers the amount of testosterone in the

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