May 12, 2017 By: The side effects of treatment and some tips to manage them The type and severity of the side effects that women experience after treatment for breast cancer depend a lot on your specific diagnosis and what treatments that you received. Many women experience pain after surgery, pain or burns with radiation, and nausea, vomiting, and hair loss during chemotherapy. While these are common, in many cases they are manageable during the time of your treatment. Nevertheless, what about side effects that don’t seem to want to go away? These may include pain, fatigue, hormonal changes such as hot flashes and changes in sexuality, lymphedema, and cognitive changes. In addition, medications you may take to prevent a cancer recurrence can have some side effects. These can all be distressing, but know that you are not alone. Check out our expert answers for more information on a variety of these topics and these videos from survivors like you!