Most drugs used in chemotherapy affect fast-growing cells in the body. These include cells that grow to become blood, hair and the lining of the mouth and intestines (mucous membrane).
Damage to these cells may give your child side effects. They may have:
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Increased risk of infection (from lack of white blood cells)
- Easy bleeding or bruising (from lack of blood platelets)
- Tiredness (from lack of red blood cells)
We watch your child carefully and adjust their treatment or supportive care based on how they are doing.
Your team can help manage side effects your child might have. Your child’s team will talk to you about:
- Possible side effects of your child’s specific medicine
- Ways to help your child feel better
Many side effects go away after treatment. Some chemotherapy drugs cause other side effects that may be long lasting.
Our Cancer Survivor Program provides long-term follow-up care to help young people stay healthy after being treated for cancer in childhood.