Side Effects

Videos about the side effects of cancer and its treatment and how to manage them


September 21, 2022

Dry mouth, a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, can make daily activities like eating or talking difficult for people with cancer. In this video, Dr. Cristina P. Rodriguez discusses what people with cancer should know about dry mouth, including its causes, how the health care team can help manage it, and how to cope with dry mouth at home.

September 19, 2022

Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common side effects for people with cancer. This type of fatigue is not always resolved by rest, and it can interfere with daily activities. In this video, Dr. Richard T. Lee, breast cancer survivor Kate Zickel, and caregiver Brian Zickel discuss what people with cancer should know about cancer-related fatigue, including its causes, how it can affect quality of life, and ways to manage and cope with it.

May 9, 2022

Shortness of breath, also called dyspnea, can be a common side effect for people with cancer. It can have several causes, including the cancer itself, cancer treatment, underlying medical conditions, or anxiety or stress. In this video, Dr. Charu Aggarwal discusses what people with cancer should know about shortness of breath, including how it can impact quality of life and ways to manage and cope with it.

November 16, 2020

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. One type of immunotherapy is called an immune checkpoint inhibitor. Immune checkpoints are proteins that act as brakes on the immune system. Immune checkpoint inhibitors target these proteins. This video discusses 2018 guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) around immunotherapy and its side effects.

August 7, 2020

Pain is something that many people with cancer will experience at some point. However, most cancer-related pain can be successfully treated. Dr. Lidia Schapira discusses how your health care team can help.

September 15, 2019

Thoracic oncologist Dr. Jyoti Patel gives patients an easy-to-follow overview on side effects they might experience during immunotherapy treatment for cancer, recognizing symptoms, and talking with the health care team.  

December 29, 2015

Dr. Jyoti Patel discusses the possible side effects of chemotherapy for cancer treatment.  She shares about the medical advances to managing these side effects and advice on how to talk to your health care team.

October 22, 2014

This patient education video offers an introduction to palliative care, which provides support and relief to any person from the symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment, regardless of age or type and stage of disease. 

May 29, 2014

Dr. Gregory Reaman gives an overview of childhood cancer survivorship and the importance of follow-up care after treatment is complete.

May 29, 2014

Dr. Lisa Diller outlines the importance of watching for late effects of treatment for childhood cancer survivors.