What side effects can chemotherapy treatment for cancer cause?

Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells that multiply rapidly, but these drugs can also harm healthy cells, causing side effects.

During chemotherapy you may have no side effects or just a few.

The kinds of side effects you have depend on the type and dose of chemotherapy you are prescribed.

While side effects do vary, common ones include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, pain, bowel or bladder changes and hair loss

Your doctor can provide suggestions or medications to help lessen or manage some side effects.

Healthy cells usually recover after chemotherapy, so most side effects gradually go away.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org , or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

ä Internet Resources:

Chemotherapy and You – NCI


Chemotherapy – ACS


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