Cancer treatments can cause negative side effects that can occur when normal cells are damaged by cancer treatment. Not everyone will have the same side effects. Discuss any side effects you have with your healthcare team to see how they can help.


When bowel movements (stools) become less frequent or difficult to pass.


In very basic terms, this is “loose stool”.

Hair Loss

A response to treatment that occurs when hair follicles are impacted.

Loss of Appetite

Common treatment side effect that can also be a cancer symptom.

Low Red Blood Cell Count

A decrease in the number of red blood cells in the body.

Low White Blood Cell Count

A decrease in the number of white blood cells in the body.

Nausea and Vomiting

The need to vomit or actually vomiting due to treatment side effects.

Shortness of Breath

Common side effect when you feel like you can’t get enough air into your lungs.

Skin Reaction

Some cancer treatments can cause skin reactions that range from mild to severe.

Throat Soreness

Some treatments can make your throat become inflamed and swollen.

Tiredness and Fatigue

Excessive feeling of tiredness.