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Side Effects of Ewing's Sarcoma Treatment

Ewing's sarcoma treatment may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to side effects. Specific side effects will depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the Ewing's sarcoma treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. Healthcare providers should explain the possible side effects and ways to manage them before Ewing's sarcoma treatment starts.
Some Ewing's sarcoma treatments cause side effects to continue or appear years after Ewing's sarcoma treatment has ended. These are called late effects. Late effects of Ewing's sarcoma treatment may include:
  • Physical problems
  • Changes in mood, feelings, thinking, learning, or memory
  • Second cancers (new types of cancer).
Some late effects may be treated or controlled.

Ewing's Sarcoma Treatment: Proper Nutrition

It is important to eat well during and after Ewing's sarcoma treatment -- eating well may help patients feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be hard, especially during or soon after Ewing's sarcoma treatment when patients may be uncomfortable or tired. Side effects of Ewing's sarcoma treatment can include:
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea.
In addition, food may taste differently than it did before treatment. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to deal with these problems.

Ewing's Sarcoma Treatment: Clinical Trials

Before starting Ewing's sarcoma treatment, patients and their families may want to consider taking part in a Ewing's sarcoma clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a Ewing's sarcoma research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments. When clinical trials show that a new Ewing's sarcoma treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
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