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What are the side effects of palliative care for advanced prostate cancer?

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One common side effect of treatment, especially radiation and hormone therapy, is fatigue. Your palliative care team may recommend exercise and other lifestyle changes that can give you more energy. They may also suggest drugs, changes in diet, physical therapy, or deep breathing to handle other side effects such as nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, sleeping problems, and lack of appetite. Sometimes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery are considered "palliative" because they ease pain by shrinking tumors. The goal of all of these is to make your life more comfortable.

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

SOURCES:

getpalliativecare.org: "Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as a Part of Cancer Treatment," "Palliative Care," "Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options," "Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment."

National Cancer Institute: "Palliative Care in Cancer."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Advanced Prostate Cancer -- Managing Symptoms."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Easing symptoms, fulfilling wishes at the end of life."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 13, 2016

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