Chemotherapy: Common side effects

Find out what side effects are common during and after chemotherapy treatment.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Side effects of chemotherapy drugs can be significant. Each drug has different side effects, and not every drug causes every side effect. Ask your doctor about the side effects of the particular drugs you'll receive.

Side effects that occur during chemotherapy treatment

Common side effects of chemotherapy drugs include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Easy bruising

Many of these side effects can be prevented or treated. Most side effects subside after treatment ends.

Mar. 25, 2014 See more In-depth