Cancer and treatment can sometimes cause discomfort, tiredness and other side effects. Some people do not have side effects; others have a few or many. The good news is that there are many ways to manage symptoms and side effects. It is also important to remember that many of these side effects will go away.
During treatment, you will receive the support you need to resume your normal routine as soon as possible. In some cases, staff from the palliative care team will offer help with symptom control, support therapy and counselling.
People often think that palliative care is only for cancer patients who are dying. This is not so. Palliative care professionals are skilled and thoughtful people who focus on aspects of treatment other than the cure itself, such as controlling pain. Their role is to provide the best possible care to ensure the fullest range of activities during and after cancer treatment.
Symptom Management and Palliative Care Clinics
It takes a team of dedicated palliative care physicians, oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and family doctors to ensure we are helping you manage the symptoms that may be caused by cancer or your treatment. Click here to learn more about our symptom management and palliative care clinics.
Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by cancer patients and is best described as feeling tired. If you are concerned that you or a family member are not coping well with fatigue, we encourage you to speak with a member of your healthcare team. Click here to learn more about managing fatigue and the the "Too Tired" drop in sessions held in Regina and Saskatoon.
Screening for Distress
Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals ensure we are helping you manage symptoms – both physical and emotional – that may be caused by cancer or cancer treatment. Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, etc., can often occur after a diagnosis of cancer. These symptoms are classified as “distress”. By monitoring for signs of cancer-related distress, our doctors, nurses, dietitians and social workers can address concerns and provide resources and services to help improve the emotional well being and quality of life for patients. Click here to learn more.