Gastrointestinal Side Effects

GI side effects are those that affect your gastrointestinal system and include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, mucositis and loss of appetite.


Constipation

This handout answers questions about and offers tips for managing constipation.

Diarrhea

Information about diarrhea and treatments, including tips for managing diarrhea with dietary changes.

Immunotherapy Side Effect: Colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the colon that can be a side effect of immunotherapy. Symptoms of colitis include diarrhea, blood or mucus in stool, black or tarry stool, severe pain, and fever.

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is when you do not feel hungry, or you have no desire or interest in eating. This can be a side effect of some treatments for cancer or from the cancer itself. This handout offers tips for coping with a loss of appetite from cancer and cancer therapy.

Mucositis

Information about oral mucositis (mouth sores) related to cancer treatments, tips for managing and treatments for mucositis.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea is a "sick" or "queasy" feeling in your stomach. Vomiting or "throwing up" often goes along with nausea. Several different aspects of cancer care can cause nausea. This handout answers questions about nausea and vomiting and offers tips for coping with this side effect.


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