Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Urinary, Kidney and Bladder Changes

Some chemotherapy damages cells in the kidneys and bladder. Most kidney and bladder problems will go away after you have finish chemotherapy. However, other problems can last for the rest of your life.


Problems may Include

  • Burning or pain when you begin to urinate or after you empty your bladder.
  • Frequent, more urgent need to urinate.
  • Not being able to urinate.
  • Not being able to control the flow of urine from the bladder (incontinence).
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Urine that is orange, red, green, or dark yellow or has a strong odour.

Ways to Manage Urinary, Kidney and Bladder Changes:

  • Your doctor or nurse will take urine and blood samples to check how well your bladder and kidneys are functioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help flush the chemotherapy out of your bladder and kidneys.
  • Limit drinks that contain caffeine (such as black tea, coffee, and some cola products).
  • Talk with your doctor or nurse if you have any of the problems listed above.

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