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Side Effects

Last update: 07/21/2014

Supportive care studies  ClinicalTrials.gov

Side Effect Topics

* Chemocare: Chemotherapy drug index with side effect information
* Symptoms checklist
Topics A to Z
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Adverse drug reactions, reporting

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Anemia

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Anxiety and depression

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Balancing risks & benefits
 
5 Questions to Ask
about Drug Risk

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Bleeding and bruising

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Blood clots

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Blood counts - low

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Bone density (decrease)
associated with lymphoma, with standard treatment, and treatment-induced menopause

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Bowel & Bladder (Nocturia)

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Chemotherapy side effects
 
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Cardiac (heart)

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"Chemo brain"

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Chemo protection (complementary)

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Encephalopathy from Ifosfamide
(ICE0 chemo

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Caring for Patients With Diabetes and Cancer, Psarakis, RN, APRN

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Chemotherapy treatment support
 
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Avoiding Trouble - general
Avoiding Infections

Diet for Immune Suppressed

Fight nauseaFight Constipation 
Oral Health
When to call your doctor

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Constipation

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Diarrhea

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Dry mouth

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Edema (fluid retention leading to swelling)

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Electrolyte imbalance - by Chemocare

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Emergencies - AAFP, 2006: Treatment of Oncologic Emergencies

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Eyes & Vision

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Fatigue

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Fever

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GERD and chemotherapy - by Chemocare

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Grades of Toxicity

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Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD)

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Fertility / sexual support and reports

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HAMA | Hair Loss 

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Hand/Foot Syndrome 
skin reaction that appears on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet as a result of certain chemotherapy agents (avoid hot baths)

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Headache (by chemocare) | Hiccups

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Hypogammaglobulinemia (low immunoglobulins)

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Itching

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Infections - including fungal | Viral ... Shingles

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Keeping Safe - minimize your risk from medical errors

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Kidney (renal) - nephrotoxicity

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Liver toxicity

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Low blood counts
 
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Anemia  (fatigue from
low red blood cell count)

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Neutropenia  (infection from
low Neutrophil count)

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Thrombocytopaenia  (low platelets)
risk of bleeding from low platelets

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Biologics | CBC lab 

TOOLS

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Chemocare: Chemotherapy drug index
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Drug Information Portal 
search here FIRST for detailed information about drugs
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FDA@Drugs - Medication Guides & more
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Report adverse drug events to FDA
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DrugDigest.org: Drug interaction and Pill Images
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MedlinePlus: Drugs and Herbs information
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CTEP Protocol Development:
Possible side effects for commonly prescribed oncology drugs http://1.usa.gov/1k8El68
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COMMON TOXICITY CRITERIA (CTC)
grading system for adverse events ctep.cancer.gov

Side Effect Topics (continued)

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Lymphedema swelling in limbs

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Myelodysplasia Syndrome
MDS/AML (uncommon)

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Metabolic side effects in lymphoma

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Mouth sores | Mucositis

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Nausea

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Neuropathy, Peripheral
 
loss of feeling in limbs, ringing in the ears, deafness.

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Neutropenia - low white counts

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PAIN management

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PML progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
Symptoms | Association with Rituxan

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Pneumonias / Pulmonary complications

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Ports: risks and benefits (vein damage)

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Prednisone (Corticosteroids)

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Oral - dry mouth, mouth sores, mucositis,
BMS, loss of taste sensation

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Radiotherapy side effects

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Rashes

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Rituxan (common/uncommon side effects)

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Second cancers

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Sexual / reproductive side effects

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Shingles

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Shortness of breath (chemocare)

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Skin (rash, itching, shingles, skin cancers)

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Taste - Cancer Connect: Coping with Taste Changes
 

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Thrombosis (deep venous - blood clot)

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Tumor Lysis Syndrome

bullet Vein damage during drug administration
 
bullet Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
Scope of the problem  moffitt.usf pdf  Review

thrombosis - "blood clots" can lead to serious complications or death if it is not recognized
or treated effectively"
 
bullet Venous thromboembolism in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Leuk Lymphoma. 2006 Jun;47(6):1029-33. PMID: 16840193 | Related articles  
 
bullet "Anticoagulation Therapy for Venous
Thromboembolism? - Discussion -
Medscape (free login req.)

Cancer, Coagulation, and Anticoagulation  theoncologist 

Anthony Letaia,b, David J. Kutera
 

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Weight loss - Cachexia


Recommended Resources

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Chemo and You: a guide to self-help  Cancer.gov  pdf 
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Coping with side effects  Cancer.gov 
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Managing side effects of treatment, Paula Anastasia, RN, MN, AOCN Oncology Nurse Educator Transcript of Webcast
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Side effects and fact sheets for chemo agents  cancerbacup.org.uk 
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Symptoms lookup site  wrongdiagnosis.com
(Not all symptoms are related, necessarily, to the drugs we take.)

Related Topics

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Clinical pharmacology  mja.com.au
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Potential role of pharmacogenomics (how genetics affects drug metabolism) 
in reducing adverse drug reactions: a systematic review. JAMA. 2001 Nov 14;286(18):2270-9. Review. PMID: 11710893  PubMed | Related abstracts
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ECOG Common Toxicity Criteria  PDF

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