Symptom control

Not everyone treated for cancer will be affected by symptoms and side effects caused by either the disease or the treatment prescribed. Some people however may experience one or a number.

Symptoms such as pain and fatigue can be both physical and emotional and at Spire Murrayfield Hospital we aim to care for and support the individual with difficult symptoms through supportive care and palliative treatment, emotional and psychological support and the option of in-patient respite care.

Some common symptoms and/or side effects of cancer include:

  • Anaemia
  • Anxiety
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habit
  • Chest pain or discomfort, including coughing and breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Weight loss

Some common side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer include:

  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Affected or reduced fertility
  • Hair loss
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Painful and ulcerated gums
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore mouth
  • Swelling in hands and feet

At the Oncology Day Centre at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh, our specialist oncology nurses will work with consultant oncologists and the team at Fairmilehead Marie Curie Hospice to help alleviate symptoms you may experience.

The approach to symptom control and pain management will differ for every patient though may include the use of prescribed pain killers, complementary therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology, and counselling.