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Chemotherapy Information Guide

Doctor Approved! icon The purpose of this information guide is to direct patients and health care professionals to sources of information on cancer and related topics. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to provide starting points for information seeking. The materials can be found at the Patient Education Resource Center of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in room B1-361.

Last Updated 4/10

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CancerCare. "Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects"   Note: this opens as a .pdf document.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "Understanding Drug Therapy and Managing Side Effects"   Note: this opens as a .pdf document.

National Cancer Institute. "Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer".

National Cancer Institute. "Chemotherapy Side Effects Fact Sheets".


McKay, Judith; Schacher, Tamara. The chemotherapy survival guide: everything you need to know to get through treatment. 3rd Ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2009.

Joyner, Brenda L. ChemoSabe: A Guide to Being a Personal Advocate for a Chemotherapy Patient. Battery Park, VA: Polonius Press, 2002.

Lyss, Alan P.; Fagundes, Humberto; Corrigan, Patricia. Chemotherapy and Radiation for Dummies. Hoboken, N.J.; Chichester: Wiley, 2005.

Audiovisual Resources

Nessim-Keeney, Susan, Bruce Postman, and Cancervive. The Road Ahead Coping with Chemotherapy: For Patients and Families. Los Angeles, Calif.: Cancervive, 2004.
This is a two-program set with one video addressing cancer patients and one video designed especially for family members. 32 minutes.

Patient Education Institute. Chemotherapy Interactive Tutorial at

This slide show utilizes illustrations, sound, and animations to provide basic, easy-to-understand explanations of chemotherapy and its more common side effects. It is possible to turn on a voice over or print a text version.

Web Resources
Comprehensive information on chemotherapy including managing side-effects, coping strategies, and complementary therapies. The site is presented by Scott Hamilton, and the content provided by the Cleveland Clinic.

Chemotherapy pages on the American Cancer Society site

Go to the American Cancer Society site:
  • Click on: "Patients, Family & Friends"
  • Click on "Preparing for Treatment"
  • Click on "Making Treatment Decisions"
  • Click on: "Types of Treatment"
Links to several pages on the topic including principles of chemotherapy, and a guide for patients and families and a guide to chemotherapy drugs.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Drug information and education about buying and using medicines safely, new drug approvals and tips for parents and seniors.

What to Expect: A Guide to Chemotherapy

A guide to chemotherapy at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. It includes advice on preparing for treatment and dealing with practical, social and medical aspects of chemotherapy treatment.

MedlinePlus - Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information.

  • To access online go to: >MedlinePlus
  • click on: "Drug and Supplements".
Drug information monographs for prescription and over-the-counter medication information is from MedMaster(tm) a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

For patients taking Oral Chemotherapy drugs:


Cure. "A Patient's Guide to Medication Adherence".

Web Resources

Oral Chemotherapy page on the American Cancer Society site
  • Go to the American Cancer Society site
  • Click on: "Patients, Family & Friends"
  • Click on "Preparing for Treatment"
  • Click on "Making Treatment Decisions"
  • Click on: "Types of Treatment"
  • Click on "Oral Chemotherapy"

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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