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Short and Long-Term Side Effects of Hormone Therapy

Because every person and treatment is unique, side effects from hormone therapies can vary.

We've listed some common side effects that people who receive hormone therapy for cancer may have.

Short-term Side Effects of Hormone Therapy for Cancer

  • Breast tenderness or pain
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Menstrual changes
  • Mood changes
  • Sweating
  • Vaginal dryness or discharge

Long-term Side Effects of Hormone Therapy for Cancer

  • Blood clots
  • Brittle bones
  • Eyesight changes
  • Increased cardiovascular risks
  • Memory and mood problems
  • Weight gain

Managing Hormone Therapy Side Effects

Hormone therapy side effects can last for a short period, or they can last until the end of your treatment and beyond.

Some ways to help manage your side effects and make hormone therapy easier on your body include:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Getting enough rest.
  • Reducing alcohol use.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Getting enough exercise.

Having a strong social and emotional support system can also help you during hormone therapy for cancer.

Your UPMC Hillman Cancer Center care team will closely monitor your health and work with you to reduce any side effects that may occur.

They can also suggest other things you can do to ease symptoms and maintain your overall wellbeing.

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