Some people are able to lead an almost normal life during their
chemotherapy, while others become very tired and have unpleasant
side effects, such as feeling sick. Although side effects may be
hard to cope with at the time, it will help to remember the side
effects are temporary and will disappear once your treatment is
Anticancer drugs may temporarily reduce
the number of cells in your blood, which can increase the
likelihood of getting infections and makes you feel tired. Your
blood will be regularly tested and you will be given antibiotics
to treat any infections. You may also be given transfusion to
boost your blood cells and/or growth factors to encourage the
formation of more blood cells
You may feel, or be, sick, but there are
drugs (anti-emetics) that can help with this unpleasant side
effect. Some anticancer drugs may make your mouth sore and cause
small mouth ulcers, which can be helped with regular mouthwashes.
If you lose your appetite, meals can be replaced or supplemented
with nutritious, high-calorie drinks available on prescription.
You may also get diarrhoea, which can be helped by medicines. You
may also lose your hair – but if you do it will grow back within a
few months. If you want to use a wig, please ask your nurse or
doctor as you may be entitled to a free one.