Side effects

Cancer drugs often cause side effects. The types of side effects depend on the drugs and your type of cancer. People also experience side effects in different ways. Even if you get the same treatment as someone else, your body may react differently.

Your cancer care team will talk with you about what side effects to expect before your treatment starts. You will also receive information on how to manage these side effects if they occur. You will be prescribed medications that help with certain side effects. An example is an anti-nausea medication. The cancer care team will explain in detail how to take these medications to lessen your side effects.

In this video we will discuss the symptoms that you may experience as a result of the side effects of your chemotherapy treatment. By the end of this video, you should be able to:

  • Recognize side effects as a result of chemotherapy
  • Describe how to respond if you experience side effects
  • Describe safe handling instructions for body fluids