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Side effects of cancer drugs

Cancer drugs have side effects and these can vary from person to person. Read about the different side effects and how best to cope.

About side effects

The side effects you might have vary from person to person and depend on the cancer drugs you are having.

Your blood, bone marrow and cancer drugs

Find out how cancer drugs can affect your bone marrow, blood and blood cells and what treatments are used to help.

Sickness (nausea) and cancer drugs

Some cancer drugs may make you feel or be sick. Read more about which drugs can cause sickness and what treatments can help. 

Hair loss, hair thinning and cancer drugs

Read about hair loss or hair thinning caused by cancer drugs and ways of dealing with it.

Fatigue and cancer drugs

Read about which drugs cause the most tiredness (fatigue) and what can help you cope.

Appetite, taste changes and cancer drugs

Cancer treatment can mean that you lose your appetite or have taste changes. Read about these changes and ways to manage appetite loss.

Diarrhoea, constipation and cancer drugs

Diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion and heart burn can all be side effects of taking cancer drugs. Find out more about these side effects and how best to cope with them.

Your mouth and cancer drugs

Find out how cancer drugs can affect your mouth, including mouth ulcers and taste changes.

Your skin, nails and cancer drugs

Cancer drugs can affect your skin and nails. Read about the effects you might have and how to deal with them.

Sex, fertility and cancer drugs

Cancer drugs can affect your sex life and fertility. Find out more about these effects for men and women, and where you can find further information. 

Your kidneys, liver, heart and lungs and cancer drugs

Read about how some cancer drugs can affect your kidneys, liver, heart or lungs.

Nerve changes and cancer drugs

Some cancer drugs can affect the way your nerves work. Read more about the symptoms of nerve changes and how to treat them.

Your eyes and cancer drugs

Some cancer drugs can affect your eyes and your eyesight. Changes can include cataracts, eye infections and eyesight changes. Find out more about these changes and how to deal with them.

Last reviewed: 
05 Sep 2017

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