- 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 chemo
- Hair loss from chemo
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemo
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Mouth, gum, tongue, 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 about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemotherapy
- Sex, fertility, and chemo
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
A Guide to Chemotherapy
You’ve been told you have cancer. You’ve looked at your treatment options, and you and your doctor have agreed that chemotherapy is your best choice. Now you have questions about chemotherapy treatment.
The American Cancer Society knows that you may have concerns about chemotherapy, and we have answers to some of your questions. Remember that, along with reading about your treatment, you can also count on your cancer care team to answer your questions.
At the end of this document, you will find a glossary that defines some of the words and terms used by your cancer care team. You can use the glossary to help you better understand the talks you have with your cancer care team. Open and honest talks with them are the best way to understand what’s going on with you, your body, and the cancer.
Last Medical Review: 06/09/2015
Last Revised: 06/09/2015