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Chemotherapy

Risk Factors for Chemotherapy

Unfortunately, current chemotherapy drugs are unable to decipher between cancerous cells and healthy ones. Therefore, chemotherapy tends to destroy both the diseased and non-diseased cells, which can result in mild to severe side effects. The type of chemotherapy drug will determine what side effects may develop and how severe they may become—be sure to ask your doctor about the drugs in which you’re prescribed.

Medication can help lessen the symptoms of many side effects, the most common of which include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Fever
  • Easy bruising
  • Sores around the mouth
  • Flu-like body pain
  • Constipation
  • Late-developing Side Effects

Some health effects of chemotherapy drugs may not develop until months or years after treatment. The type of chemotherapy drug will determine what side effects may develop, some of which can include:

  • Cardiac problems
  • Kidney disorders
  • Lung tissue damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Fertility Issues
  • Risk of developing a second cancer

It is important to review all possible side effects with your doctor and determine any symptoms that may indicate a health issue.

Locations for Chemotherapy