Symptom Management Guides

Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is the difficult, infrequent passing of hard stool. For those with constipation, an urge to defecate may be also be present. Constipation can have a wide effect on the body and cause many complications.

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is when the mouth does not have enough saliva necessary to normally speak, chew, and swallow foods. Dry mouth can increase the risk of cavities and mouth infections.

Fatigue

Fatigue

Fatigue is a constant feeling of tiredness accompanied by a lack of motivation that is not relieved by rest or sleeping. Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer and its treatments.

Loss of Appetite

A loss of appetite is a decreased desire to eat. If unchecked, appetite loss and the corresponding weight and muscle mass loss can cause a more serious condition called “cachexia”, or wasting away of the body.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores occur when the lining inside the mouth breaks down and causes sores to form; this may lead to infection and mouth sensitivity. It most commonly occurs as a result of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for mouth cancer.

Nausea

Nausea

Nausea is an unpleasant wavelike feeling in the back of the throat and stomach that could include vomiting and retching. Often, nausea is referred to as just “sickness” or “feeling sick”.

Taste Change

Taste Change

Taste changes can include food tasting different than it did in the past, foods tasting bland, and some people can have a metallic or chemical taste preset in the mouth.