Oral Chemotherapy: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Oral chemotherapy is a cancer-fighting drug given by mouth in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. Learn how to manage symptoms and side effects such as fatigue and nausea. Learn more about oral chemotherapy at http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Treatment-Centers-and-Clinical-Services/Chemotherapy.aspx#Oral_Chemotherapy


Taking your pills as directed will help you manage your symptoms. If you have questions about how to take your medication, call your care team. Depending on the type of oral chemo you are taking, you might feel tired. If you feel tired, balancing exercise and rest can help maintain your energy level. If you feel nauseated, ask your doctor if there is a medicine you can take to help you feel better. If you notice skin changes, ask your doctor about lotions to use. These are only a few of the symptoms that might occur. Don’t wait to call your care team if you have symptoms. It’s best to be proactive and control symptoms right away.

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