Side effects of chemotherapy
- Important contacts for your child with cancer
- Children's Cancer Services in New Zealand
- Cancer diagnosis
- What is cancer?
- Tests for cancer
- Suggestions for successful parent / caregiver support before, during and after treatments
- Central venous catheters
- Cancer treatment
- Clinical trials
- Fasting and consent for procedures
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Low blood count due to chemotherapy
- Low white cell count and infection
- Low white cell count and infection (continued)
- Low red blood cell count due to chemotherapy
- Low platelet count due to chemotherapy
- Sore mouth due to chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy
- Loss of appetite due to chemotherapy
- Constipation due to chemotherapy
- Sun sensitivity due to chemotherapy
- Hair loss due to chemotherapy
- Fatigue due to chemotherapy
- Hand washing and hygiene
- Pain and childhood cancer
- Treatment of pain in childhood cancer
- Management of pain in childhood cancer
- Nutrition and childhood cancer
- Your child in hospital: The importance of play
- Your child in hospital: Techniques to help with treatments
- School and education when your child has cancer
- Support for the family of a child with cancer
- Going home from hospital after your child's cancer treatment
- Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in childhood cancer
- Long-term follow-up in childhood cancer
- Childhood cancer: Where to go for more information and support
Side effects of chemotherapy
What causes side-effects?
This fact sheet is part of a section about childhood cancer. To access the rest of the content in this section, see Childhood cancer.
Chemotherapy medicines cannot tell the difference between normal cells and cancer cells, and affect all cells that divide rapidly. The damage caused to normal cells may lead to side-effects.
What are the most common side-effects?
- low blood count, see:
- sore mouth (see Sore mouth due to chemotherapy)
- nausea and vomiting (see Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy)
- loss of appetite (see Loss of appetite due to chemotherapy)
- constipation (see Constipation due to chemotherapy)
- sun sensitivity (see Sun sensitivity due to chemotherapy)
- hair loss (see Hair loss due to chemotherapy)
- fatigue (see Fatigue due to chemotherapy)
Where to go for more information and support
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