Kidney and Bladder Problems
function properly, your body is made of organs which work harmoniously to accomplish specific
functions. Among these organs include the kidneys.
form a pair of bean-shaped
organs in the body
that work principally to maintain proper water and electrolyte balance; regulate acid-base concentration; and
help the blood get rid of metabolic wastes, which are then excreted as urine.
To play its
filtration role, the kidneys are made of millions of nephrons which are composed of tiny blood vessels, called
the glomerulus. The glomerulus work constantly to filter from the blood any harmful or useless substance: waste
products, salts, water, electrolytes and others. Once the kidneys filter the excess wastes, they are then able
to turn the excess waste products into urine. The urine flows out of the urethra, and then out of the body.
Chemotherapy drugs prevent the kidneys from working properly to accomplish the filtration.
Kidney and bladder problems
are among chemotherapy side effects. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause temporary or permanent Kidney and
bladder damages if proper care is not taken. Therefore, it is important to not neglect seeing a health care
professional if you have burning when you urinate, or have pus or blood in your urine. Some
chemotherapy drugs can cause urine to have a strong or medicine-like odor associated discoloration: orange, red,
green, or yellow. This can be sign of serious infection. Check with your healthcare provider to see if the drugs
you are taking are responsible for these changes.
What Can Make
You Think You Have Kidney and Bladder Problems?
Normally, if the drugs damage your kidney or bladder, you will most likely to experience one or more of the
to go to the bathroom
need to urinate more frequently
or a burning sensation when you urinate
becomes dark or red blood-tinged
have pus or blood in it, which makes it looks cloudy
have a strong smell or odor
in the back, pelvis or abdominal area
or chills, which can be sign of serious infection
tiredness or weakness
or vomiting, which can indicate severe infections.
What You Can Do?
During and after
chemotherapy, drink plenty of fluids to help prevent bladder and kidney problems. If you
experience any of the symptoms above, especially if severe, discuss them with your health care provider as soon
as you can to prevent complications. You will be prescribed appropriate medications capable of reducing the
symptoms. In all cases, it is important to keep all your appointments for your treatments.
When to Call Your Doctor?
Any sign indicating kidney
or bladder problems should be taken seriously. See your health care team as soon as you can if you experience
any of the following:
Fever of 100.5º F (38º
Chills, especially shaking
Rashes on the skin, itchy skin
Pain or burning when you urinate
Inability to urinate
Urinary urgency(sudden and compelling urge to
Reddish or bloody urine
Symptoms worsen or do not improve in
3 days of taking appropriate medications.