Cancer – Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy


Being diagnosed with cancer can be frightening. It helps to be well informed about how the various treatments are going to affect you, and possibly your M.E., and about after-care. We hope that this leaflet will help you be better prepared.


“People who have a long-term condition are inevitably going to find that they may develop other illnesses as time goes on – including serious conditions such as cancer.

“However, there is no firm evidence from published epidemiological research studies to indicate that cancer is more (or possibly even less) likely to occur if you have M.E., or that overall life expectancy is reduced by having M.E.

“What is relevant is the fact that some of the symptoms of M.E. can also occur in the early stages of cancer. So it is important to always check with your doctor if a new symptom occurs, or an existing symptom seems to be getting worse (e.g. a sore throat becomes persistent)…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.