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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Fast growing ones!: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy affect the most rapidly-growing cells, which are usually the cancer cells! but they also affect other fast growing cells including hair follicles, the cells lining your stomach and intestines, and your white blood cells. That explains the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Fast growing cells: Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy killl cells which are proliferating faster like the cells in our skin, hair, GI tract, gonads and blood cells. Most of these effects are short lived and the body is capable of recovering back to normal within a matter of 2-3 weeks after stopping these treatments.

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