Managing Your Symptoms
How Are You Feeling?
Your Symptoms Matter to your care team. When you arrive at each appointment (except for daily radiation therapy), you will answer questions about how you are feeling in one of the kiosks, which are in our waiting areas on each level. These online questions are called Your Symptoms Matter. Your answers tell us how you are feeling, so your care team can work with you to monitor and manage your symptoms. Watch this video to learn more.
All medications, including chemo and immunotherapy drugs, and other treatments, such as radiation, can have side effects, such as nausea, tiredness and other symptoms.
Side Effects Vary
Side effects do not tell how well your treatment is working or not. It is also impossible to know if, or when, side effects will affect you, as they will:
- Vary in type and severity from person to person and from medication to medication
- May happen right away or appear a few days or weeks after a treatment
Ask your oncologist/physician and specialized oncology nurse which side effects you may experience. They will tell you what you can do to prevent or manage these side effects. They will also highlight ones you should report immediately and those that can wait until your next appointment.
As part of your treatment plan, we provide training to prepare you for chemo or radiation treatment and how to manage your symptoms. For additional help, check:
Pain and Symptom Management Clinic –
At the SRCC at Southlake, we offer a Pain and Symptom Management Clinic to help improve your overall well-being.
Registered Dietitians –
Good nutrition can help give you strength and energy before, during and after your treatment. Unfortunately, some side effects, from a sore mouth to nausea, make it challenging for you to eat well during your treatments.
If you face these challenges, check our blog: The Inside Scoop for tips and ask your oncologist or a member of your care team for a referral to one of our on-staff, registered dietitians.
Cancer Care Ontario Resources –
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) offers multi-language guides on how to recognize 23 typical symptoms and side effects, what you can do to manage them at home, and when to call your doctor.
To access these guides:
- Go to this Symptom & Side Effect Management page on the CCO site
- Scroll down, select and click the symptom you’re concerned about.
- Check the right side of your screen (or scroll down if you are on a mobile device) to find the Patient Guide button.
- Click the Patient Guide button to display a drop-down list of guides in various languages.
- Click on the best guide for you to display it or save it to your computer/device.
You may also want to check the links to other Recommended Resources below the Patient Guide button.
If you need immediate help:
- During Monday to Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call the SRCC at Southlake at 905-830-5800 and follow the prompts
- During Weekends/Holidays or After Hours (5 p.m. to 9 a.m.), call the After Hours Line at 1-877-681-3057
- In an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital’s emergency department