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Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Because chemotherapy drugs can kill healthy cells along with cancerous ones, they can produce a number of side effects. These side effects may vary depending on the specific drugs used; however, some of the more common side effects include:

  • Fatigue
  • Reversible hair loss or hair thinning
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, or constipation and/or abdominal cramping
  • Decrease in blood cell counts
  • Allergic reactions
  • Decreased appetite
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, fingers or toes
  • Lung, kidney or heart damage

Before treatment, talk to your doctor about the side effects associated with your particular chemotherapy drugs, as well as any steps you may be able to take to prevent them or lessen their severity. 

Locations for Chemotherapy