Chemotherapy affects different people in different ways. You may have side effects, including serious ones. Chemo side effects can include:

Keep Your Doctor Informed

The best thing you can do is talk with your doctor and care team about side effects and how to manage them. During chemo, keep a journal about side effects. Write down details:

  • What is the symptom?
  • How and when did it begin?
  • Did anything make it feel better or worse?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being minimal and 5 being intolerable, how bad or intense was the symptom?
  • What did you do to cope with it?
  • When did it go away?

Remember to bring it up at your next treatment or doctor's visit. Ask if your doctor has any ideas about how to better manage the chemo side effects you are having. On this website, you'll find tips about how to cope with side effects from experts and people who have been through chemo. But remember that your doctor and care team are your best source of information and support during your chemo journey.

Want tips about what you can do to manage these and other side effects? Continue the journey.

Getting Started Now

It's never too early to take steps to prepare for chemo side effects. Here are some ideas to help you prepare:

  • Arrange help from friends and family members
  • Keep a treatment calendar
  • Plan meals in advance
  • Buy food and drinks you might be able to eat when nauseated
  • Schedule important events around your treatment plan
  • Create a support network list for errands, chores, and rides to the doctor
  • Go wig, hat, or handkerchief shopping with a friend
  • Talk to your doctor about chemo side effects and what can be done to help
  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
    chance for infection

    Infection can be a serious result of chemo. Find out the factors that affect your chance of infection. Simply answer a few questions, and then print your results to share with your doctor.

    Use the Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide to find out more.

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