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What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

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Collateral damage: The simple answer is that chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells. That's why those agents are used to treat cancer. However, the cells lining the stomach and other parts of the GI tract are also dividing at a fast rate compared to others. Those cells are also affected resulting in nausea and vomiting.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Multiple: Esophageal and gastric(stomach) irritation and slough of sensitive surfaces . The drugs are effective but can be harsh to other systems.

Answered 3/9/2014

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