Chemo side effect query


My 78 year old mother has just finished a course of chemotherapy which has made her tummy and feet very bloated. She has hardly any appetite and feels very fatigued. Would anyone know how long on average this should take to subside. I bought her some Complan to go in milk but now I've read avoiding dairy is advisable?


  • Hi Cassiobury and welcome to Cancer Chat.

    I'm sorry to hear about the side effects your mother has been experiencing since finishing her chemo.

    I hope this information we have about appetite changes and managing tiredness will help but if you'd like to discuss this further with one of our cancer nurses, they're available on 0808 800 4040, Monday - Friday between 9a.m - 5p.m. They'll do all they can to support you and answer your questions, including the one you've mentioned in your post about the Complan.

    Hopefully some of our members will share their experiences and advice with you soon but if you and your mother have any other worries or concerns, do be sure to get in touch with her medical team or GP as they'll be in the best position to advise.

    I hope this helps and your mother starts to feel better soon.

    Best wishes to you both,

    Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator