Common side effects of chemotherapy:

Various drugs result in different side effects. Specific types of chemotherapy often have distinct side effects. But each person’s experience is dissimilar.

Tell your doctor about all the side effects you detect. For most types of chemotherapy, side effects do not show how well the medicine is working.

Below is a list of the most common side effects of chemotherapy.

  • Fatigue: Fatigue is feeling exhausted nearly all the time. It is the most typical side effect of chemotherapy.
  • Pain: Chemotherapy occasionally causes pain. This can includes Headaches, Muscle pain, Stomach pain, Pain from nerve damage, such as burning, numbness, etc. Many types of pain related to chemotherapy get better or go out between medications. However, nerve deterioration often gets more ominous with each dose. Periodically the medication causing the nerve damage has to be controlled. It can take months or years for nerve damage from chemotherapy to enhance or go away. In some people, it never entirely goes away. Treatment of pain often varies based on what is driving it. It is essential to talk with your doctor about pain while you are taking chemotherapy. There can be different reasons for pain except for chemotherapy, such as cancer itself. If the pain is connected to chemotherapy, doctors can treat it by Giving pain-relieving drugs, Blocking pain signals from the nerves to the brain, Revising doses of chemotherapy
  • Mouth and throat sores: Chemotherapy can hurt the cells inside the mouth and throat. This causes painful sores in these places, a state called mucositis. Mouth sores usually happen 5 to 14 days after therapy. The sores can get infected. Eating a nutritious diet and maintaining your mouth and teeth clean can reduce your risk of mouth sores. Mouth sores usually go out entirely when treatment ends.
  • Diarrhea: Some chemotherapy causes loose or watery bowel motions. Stopping diarrhea or treating it earlier helps keep you from getting dehydrated. It also allows the prevention of other health problems.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Chemotherapy can result in nausea and vomiting. Whether you have these side effects, and how much, depends on the exact medications and dose. The right drugs given before and after each dose of chemotherapy can usually control nausea and vomiting.
  • Constipation: Chemotherapy may cause constipation. This means not having a bowel motion often enough or having difficult bowel movements. Other drugs, such as pain medication, can also induce constipation. You can reduce your risk of constipation by consuming enough fluids, eating balanced meals, and getting adequate exercise.
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