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Chemotherapy: After


What to Eat

National Cancer Institute has a publication Eating Hints for Cancer Patients Before, During and After Treatment available for free online at: offsite link or call for a copy: 800.4.CANCER

Side Effects
  • It would be wonderful if we could say that all side effects from chemotherapy end when chemotherapy ends. However, that is generally not the case. Side effects tend to continue for a while. In some unusual situations, effects such as chemo brain can last up to 10 years.
  • For a list of various side effects and what to do about them if they continue after the end of chemo, see :
  • If you took anti-nausea medication during chemotherapy, continue it for a while after in case of delayed nausea. Ask your doctor how long is a reasonable period of time.

Ports and Catheters

If you received your chemotherapy through a port or catheter in your skin, consider keeping it in until you are sure there is no additional chemotherapy in the near future. Experience indicates that a second port often does not work as well as the first one.


  • Emotions you experienced during chemotherapy are not likely to stop over night. At the same time, new, unexpected emotions may appear. 
  • For information about coping with emotions, click here. 
  • While you may expect to be excited, it is not unusual to experience depression after the end of treatment. For information about identifying and coping with depression, click here. 


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