Side Effects

Undergoing treatment for cancer naturally means side-effects, caused by surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

It is natural to have questions about side effects. It is equally important to understand that you may have no side effects! Once treatments begin, people who have side effects want to know the best ways to cope with them. The following sections address various questions that are frequently asked by the patients.

If you are reading this section before you start chemotherapy, you may feel overwhelmed by the wide range of side effects it describes. But remember: Every person doesn’t get every side effect, and some people get few, if any. In addition, the severity of side effects varies greatly from person to person. Whether you have a particular side effect, and how severe it will be, depends on the kind of chemotherapy you get and how your body reacts. Be sure to talk to your doctor and nurse about which side effects are most likely to occur with your chemotherapy, how long they might last, how serious they might be, and when you should seek medical attention for them.

We hope the following information will be extremely useful to you in coping with the side effects of cancer treatment. Click on the topics listed below for more information on each.

       •   What Causes Side Effects?

       •   Nausea and Vomiting

       •   Hair_Loss

       •   Infection

       •   Blood Clotting Problem

       •   Mouth, Gum, and Throat Problems

       •   Diarrhoea

       •   Nerve and Muscle Effects

       •   Effects on Skin and Nails

       •   Kidney and Bladder Effects

       •   Sexual Effects: Physical and Psychologica

       •   Chemotherapy And Your Emotions


We hope that this information helps you and your family, whether you are waiting to begin chemotherapy or already have begun your treatment. Discuss the information in these pages with your doctor and nurse, and take good care of yourself during your chemotherapy. By working together, you, your family, and your health care providers will make the strongest possible team in your fight against cancer.