Your child may have side effects from cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These treatments destroy fast-growing cells — both cancer cells and healthy cells. Side effects happen because of damage to cells, including those that form blood, skin, hair and the lining of the mouth and digestive system.
Your healthcare team will let you know:
- What side effects to expect
- Which symptoms (like fever) should be reported right away
- Tips for reducing and coping with side effects
We watch your child carefully during and after treatment. We check their blood to make sure they have enough healthy cells. We adjust their treatment or supportive care based on how your child is doing.
Sometimes we can give your child skin creams or medicine to help with side effects like skin irritation, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation. Tell your health team about side effects your child is having so we can help.
Most side effects go away after treatment as your child’s healthy cells grow again. But some side effects last longer. Our Cancer Survivor Program provides long-term follow-up care to help young people stay healthy after being treated for cancer in childhood.