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Side Effects

solder608
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Joined: Jan 2003

I'm a health psychology graduate student researcher looking at cancer treatments. I was curious if anyone could attest to a phenomenon known as a "signal effect" where individuals undergoing cancer treatments view side effects as a signal that the treament is working. basically, has anyone had the experience that side effects made you feel as if the treatment was working before you could get any objective feedback to tell you whether or not there was a reduction or elimination of tumors? any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

auntboo
Posts: 2
Joined: Nov 2002

I was treated just almost a year ago. I understand what you mean. To me, any side effects helped me realize that the whole situation was "real". Yes, I have to admit that while I hated to lose my hair, it did give me a definate sign that the chemo was doing something.

ThomasMoore
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2003

I had burkits lymphoma and i didn't get any side effects till i was told what to look for.

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