Home  >  Health Encyclopedia  >  Cancer Care

Health Encyclopedia

 

Cancer Care



What to Expect After Biological Therapy for Kidney Cancer

What to Expect After Biological Therapy for Kidney Cancer

Side effects from biological therapy for kidney cancer can be severe. They usually improve after the treatment ends.

Which side effects you have and when you have them varies from person to person and will also be dependent on the dose schedule given. Here are more common side effects of biological therapy:

  • Appetite loss

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Fatigue that is moderate to severe

  • Fever and chills

  • Fluid buildup in lungs

  • Headaches, muscle aches, joint aches, or bone pain

  • Injection site reactions (redness, swelling, discomfort)

  • Mental or emotional changes, such as confusion or depression

  • Mouth sores

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Skin rash or dryness

  • Taste changes or metallic taste in mouth

  • Urination changes--decrease in usual amount

  • Weight gain of 5 pounds or more

These are less common side effects of biological therapy for kidney cancer:

  • Temporary hair loss

  • Numbness or tingling in fingers, toes, or face

  • Problems with thinking and concentration

  • Mood changes

  • Trouble sleeping

In addition, your doctor and nurse will watch for more serious side effects, such as these:

  • Changes in blood counts

  • Congestive heart failure

  • Damage to organs, such as kidneys, heart, thyroid, or liver

  • Low blood pressure

It may be helpful to keep a log of your symptoms. This information would include physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. A written list will make it easier for you to remember your questions when you go in for your appointments. It will also make it much easier for your medical team to identify appropriate interventions for your side effects.

 
Related Items
Wellness Library
  Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Content Type 135
  Biologic Therapy for Kidney Cancer
Cancer Source
  I’ve Just Been Told I Have Kidney Cancer
  Statistics About Kidney Cancer
  Am I at Risk for Kidney Cancer?
  Can I Get Checked for Kidney Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
  What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Cancer?
  How Does My Doctor Know I Have Kidney Cancer?
  Understanding Your Grade and Stage of Kidney Cancer
  What Happens During Surgery for Kidney Cancer
  What Happens During Chemotherapy for Kidney Cancer
  Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects from Treatment and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
  What To Know First About Your Treatment Choices for Kidney Cancer
  Understanding Your Type of Kidney Cancer
  Tests You May Need After You Know You Have Kidney Cancer
  Can I Survive Kidney Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?
  Questions to Ask About Treatment for Kidney Cancer
  What Can I Do If I’m at Risk for Kidney Cancer?
  Follow-Up Appointments Count When You Have Kidney Cancer
  Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Kidney Cancer
  What to Expect After Radiation Therapy for Kidney Cancer
  What to Expect After Chemotherapy for Kidney Cancer
  Goal of Surgery for Kidney Cancer
  Making the Decision to Have Surgery for Kidney Cancer
  What to Expect After Surgery for Kidney Cancer
  Ablation Therapy for Kidney Cancer
  Goal of Biological Therapy for Kidney Cancer
Cancer FAQs
  Frequently Asked Questions About Kidney Cancer
Adult Diseases and Conditions
  Kidney Cancer
Test and Procedures
  Kidney Biopsy