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.
This handout answers questions about and offers tips for managing constipation.
Information about diarrhea and treatments, including tips for managing diarrhea with dietary changes.
Flatulence (Passing Gas)
Flatulence is the act of passing gas. It can be an uncomfortable side effect of cancer and its treatment.
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around your anus or in the lower rectum that are common and often easily treated.
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.
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.
Thrush is a type of yeast infection caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida. Learn the symptoms of thrush, how it is diagnosed, and how to prevent thrush.