- Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families
- 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 am getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for this treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- What are common side effects?
- Hair loss
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, and infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Mouth, gum, and throat problems
- Nerve and muscle problems
- Skin and nail changes
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems
- Weight gain
- Other questions you may have
- When to call your doctor
- Sex, fertility, and chemo
- 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 Web site, 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
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)
Complementary and Alternative Methods for Cancer Management (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 Web sites*
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)
Web site: www.cancer.gov
The Web site includes accurate, up-to-date information about cancer for patients, their families, and the general public that covers a variety of cancer-related topics. It also provides clinical trial information and a matching service for patients.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Phone number: 215-690-0300
Web site: www.nccn.org
This alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers provides information to help patients make informed decisions about cancer care.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings. September 2004. Accessed at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-165/pdfs/2004-165.pdf on January 15, 2013.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Chemotherapy Precautions During and After Treatment. 2010. Accessed at www.cchs.net/health/health-info/docs/4300/4350.asp?index=13586&pflag=1. Content no longer available.
Walton AML, Mason S, Busshart M, et al. Safe Handling: Implementing Hazardous Drug Precautions. CJON. 2012;16(3): 251-254.
Yuki M, Sekine S, Takase K, Ishida T, Sessink PJ. Exposure of family members to antineoplastic drugs via excreta of treated cancer patients. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2012 Oct 11.
Last Medical Review: 03/07/2013
Last Revised: 03/07/2013