Ask a Survivor: Side Effects

Q: What side effects can I expect with treatment?

A: This is, far and away, the most-asked question every long-term survivor hears, usually under the guise of, “Will I lose my hair?” Every one of us asks, “Will I lose my hair,” and the answer is, inevitably, “Yes, plan on it.” Everyone in society needs to understand that the subtext of this question is, “What sort of side effects can I expect?”

And, at every support group I’m in, we always go dead silent, because, the god-awful truth is; even we don’t know, and we’ve…