Myeloma treatment and side effects
Myeloma treatment side effects
Possible side effects from your treatment may include the following:
- an achy feeling
- frequent watery poos (diarrhoea)
- difficulty pooing (constipation)
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- difficulty sleeping (with steroids)
- hair loss (alopecia)
- lack of red blood cells (anaemia) which can make you tired, breathless and pale
- mouth sores
- mood changes
- feeling sick (nausea)
- upset stomach and being sick (vomiting)
- loss of feeling or pain in your legs or other parts of your body (neuropathy)
- blood clots (thrombosis)
- poor appetite and loss of taste
- increased appetite (with steroids)
- weight changes.
You are unlikely to get them all, as some are linked to specific drugs.
If you have any side effects, tell your healthcare team as there are ways they can help. They can offer supportive care such as anti-sickness drugs, blood transfusions, pain management, and advice on mouth care, diet and preventing infection. Or they may be able to suggest a change in your treatment if any side effects become unmanageable.
Find out more about ways to manage the side effects of treatment.