- 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
Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems during chemo
Some chemo drugs can irritate your bladder or cause short- or long-term kidney damage. They may also cause your urine to change color (orange, red, green, or yellow) or take on a strong or medicine-like odor. For a short time, the color and odor of semen may be changed, too. (See the section for men under “Sex, fertility, and chemo.”)
Ask your doctor if your chemo may have these effects. And let your doctor know if you have any signs or symptoms of a problem, such as:
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Urinating a lot
- A feeling that you must urinate right away
- Reddish or bloody urine (Some chemo drugs will change the color of your urine. Tell your doctor or nurse if this happens.)
Drink plenty of fluids to ensure good urine flow and help prevent problems. Water, juice, coffee, tea, soup, soft drinks, broth, ice cream, Popsicles, and gelatin count as fluids.
Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014