- 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
Can I take other medicines while I am getting chemo?
Some medicines may alter the effects of your chemo. To be sure that your treatment works as well as it can, tell your doctor or nurse about any and all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements you are taking.
- Make a list with the name of each drug, the dose, how often you take it, who prescribed it, and the reason you take it.
- Be sure to include the things you may not think of as medicines, even those you take every now and then. This includes aspirin, herbal and dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and all over-the-counter medicines.
Share this list with all of your doctors. Your cancer doctor (oncologist) will tell you if you should stop taking any of these medicines before you start chemo. After your treatments start, check with your oncologist before taking any new medicines or supplements and before stopping the ones you already take.
Last Medical Review: 03/07/2013
Last Revised: 03/07/2013