Short and Long-Term Side Effects of Biotherapy

Side effects of biotherapies are unique to each person and treatment.

For some people, biotherapy side effects last for a short time. For others, they last through the end of treatment and beyond.

Your UPMC Hillman Cancer Center oncologist will discuss the side effects of biotherapy with you in detail.

Managing Biotherapy Side Effects

Your doctor might give you medicine to prevent or decrease some of your side effects. In some cases, your doctor may change or stop your biotherapy treatment.

Some ways to ease your symptoms and manage side effects of biotherapy include:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Getting enough rest.
  • Reducing alcohol use.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Getting enough exercise.

Making sure you have social and emotional support can also help you during cancer treatment.

Your cancer care team will keep a close watch your health during biotherapy. They'll work with you to reduce any side effects and suggest other ways to maintain your overall wellbeing.

Contact Us About Biotherapy at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

To learn more about biotherapy or other medical oncology treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call us at 412-647-2811.