- A Guide to Chemotherapy
- Learning about chemotherapy treatment
- A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Where will I get chemo?
- How will the chemo be given to me?
- What are clinical trials?
- Can I take other medicines while I’m getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during chemo treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- Fatigue from cancer treatment
- Hair loss from chemotherapy
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Constipation caused by chemo
- Diarrhea caused by chemo
- Mouth, gum, tongue, and throat problems during chemo
- Nerve and muscle problems caused by chemo
- Skin and nail changes caused by chemo
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems during chemo
- Weight gain during chemo
- Other questions you may have about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemo
- Sex, fertility, and chemotherapy
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
More information from your American Cancer Society
The following information may also be helpful to you. These free materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read on our website, www.cancer.org.
Talking about and coping with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
Nutrition for Children With Cancer (also in Spanish)
More on chemo treatment
More on chemo side effects
Fertility and Women With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Fertility and Men With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Other cancer treatment options
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know (also in Spanish)
Work and finance information
Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also in Spanish)
In Treatment: Financial Guidance for Cancer Survivors and Their Families (also in Spanish)
Americans With Disabilities Act: Information for People Facing Cancer (also in Spanish)
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (also in Spanish)
What Is COBRA? (also in Spanish)
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. We want to help you get well.
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Free, accurate, up-to-date information about cancer for patients, their families, and the general public that covers a variety of cancer-related topics; also provides clinical trial information and a matching service for patients.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Phone number: 215-690-0300
This alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers provides treatment information to help patients make informed decisions about cancer care.
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Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014