- 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
Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
There may be days when you just can’t eat because of things like nausea, taste changes, or mouth and throat problems. You also can lose your appetite if you feel depressed or tired.
When you have a poor appetite, try these tips:
- Eat small meals or snacks whenever you want. You don’t have to eat 3 regular meals each day.
- Vary your diet, and try new foods and recipes.
- Take a walk before meals whenever you can. This may help you feel hungrier.
- Change your mealtime routine. For example, eat by candlelight or in a different place.
- Eat with friends or family members. When eating alone, listen to the radio or watch TV.
- If you live alone, you might want to arrange for Meals on Wheels or a program like this to bring food to you. Ask your doctor, nurse, or local American Cancer Society office about services in your area.
For more information, please see our booklet called Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families or Nutrition for Children With Cancer.
Last Medical Review: 03/07/2013
Last Revised: 03/07/2013