Chemotherapy (chemo) can damage healthy cells in the lining of the digestive system. Your whole digestive system can be affected. The digestive system extends from the mouth to the anus and includes the salivary glands, stomach, intestines, and rectum. Chemo can affect these areas and cause vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and mouth sores.

To help you get the most out of your treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor about properly managing chemo side effects.

Learn more about common digestive system chemo side effects and what you can do to manage them.

Ask Your Doctor:

Your doctor will determine how to prepare you for gastrointestinal chemo side effects. To help manage possible chemo side effects, ask your doctor:

  • Is my chemo likely to cause gastrointestinal symptoms?
  • If so, what can I do to relieve these symptoms?
  • Can I take steps to prevent complications before they occur?

 Print this worksheet 
 and bring it to your next doctor's visit.

  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
    risk of infection

    Infection can be a serious side effect of strong chemo. Find out the factors that affect your risk 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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