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Physical Needs

You may be wondering: What will happen to my body? How well or unwell, will I feel? These are obvious concerns for people with advanced cancer. Nobody can say for sure how your body will respond to the physical challenges imposed by an advanced cancer and its treatment. Some people experience many symptoms, whereas others experience few, if any.

A needs assessment tool can help you identify and communicate with your health professionals about your physical and other needs.

These pages look at some of the symptoms often reported by people with advanced cancer and, where possible, offers some suggestions for coping with them.

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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.

Last updated 30 August 2015