Chemotherapy Side Effects
one of the therapies frequently used in cancer treatment. This is a powerful medical approach consists of
using therapeutic chemicals called anti-cancer drugs which are divided in different
classes: Alkylating agents, Antimetabolites, Anthracyclines, Plant
alkaloids and others. Those chemicals work by damaging the
DNA of cancerous cells, thus making them unable to reproduce.
Cancer victims usually receive their chemotherapy in cycles. Each cycle is administered every
1 to 4 weeks following by a period of rest between every cycle to allow the body to recuperate itself.
Usually, chemotherapy is taken by session. During each session, patients receive the medications
intravenously, orally in the form of pill, or by injection into the body cavity. The method used depends on the
drugs taken, the condition of the patient as well as the type of cancer being treated.
main work of chemotherapy agents is to cause damage in cancer cells in the entire body in order to stop them
from spreading among healthy cells. Unfortunately, when chemo drugs travel throughout the body they also damage
healthy cells in the bone marrow, digestive tract, hair follicle, mouth and reproductive system. Some
anti-cancer drugs can even affect the cells in the lungs, heart, bladder, kidneys as well as the nervous system.
This usually leads to development of serious side effects in most patients.
general, most common side effects experienced cancer
patients during chemotherapy include:
and tiredness are often triggered by cancer treatment, unfortunately. But chemo-related fatigue usually occurs
suddenly and can last days, weeks or months, if no appropriate steps are not taken to stop it…
patients would like to retain their hair and beauty during the course of the treatment. Unfortunately, most
chemo agents cause their hair to fall. In fact, hair loss is the most common visible side effects of
killing cancer cells, chemotherapy drugs also attack and damage the cells in themucosa (lining that recovers the intestine) of theintestine,
causing inflammation, diarrhea, constipation, pain…
chemo drugs can cause skin problems such as dry skin, skin rashes, hives, flushing (redness of the face and
neck), and swelling of the eyelids, lips and tongue...
and Vomiting are not out of the picture when it comes to chemotherapy side effects. In fact, they are the two of
the most common malaise associated with chemo drugs...
the fact there is not enough red blood cells (RBCs) in the blood.
About 70% of
cancer patients experience anemia during the treatment. The reason is because...
individuals undergoing chemotherapy experience loss of appetite. This can be the result of the therapy or the
cancer itself. In fact, most cancers tend to cause decreased appetite...
wants to have a normal weight. Unfortunately, weight loss is one of chemotherapy side effects cancer patients
tend to experience during the treatment. The weight loss...
Sore Mouth, Gums and
mouth, gums and throat is commonly experienced by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy; it is a frequent
chemotherapy side effect...
Kidney and Bladder
and bladder are two organs that play a major role in cleansing your body during cancer treatment. Therefore,
Kidney and bladder problems are among chemotherapy side effects that...
Sex is a
divine blessing, as they say. Unfortunately, men and women undergoing chemo can see their sexual appetite
reduced during the cancer treatment. Fortunately, these steps can help you regain...
chemo drugs can reduce the ability to have kids. In fact, Infertility is one of fearful chemotherapy side
effects. Certain medications may reduce or completely stop the inability to have children in both
men and women...