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What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

Too many!!!!: Chemotherapy may cause hair loss, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, mouth sores, low blood counts, severe infections, kidney damage, nerve damage, liver damage, heart damage, memory changes, constipation, skin rashes among other side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

Totally variable: Completely depends on which chemotherapy agents are being used (ex bleomycin vs. vincristine) Talk to your oncologist, and be selective when getting info from internet. Can start here: http://m.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/understandingchemotherapyaguideforpatientsandfamilies/index Take care. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

Too many: Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of breath (lung radiation), hair loss (brain radiation), stomach ulcers and bleeding (stomach radiation). General side effects can include severe fatigue, low blood counts, skin rash and discoloration. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiotherapy?

What are the side effects of radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy: Mostly local skin burn, redness and local pain. Late side effects of possible development of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of breast-sparing surgery and radiation?

What are the side effects of breast-sparing surgery and radiation?

Not too many: Surgery with breast sparing and radiation is a very common procedure for small early breast cancers. There will some minor surgical scar, and some women experience temporary breast skin redness or breast swelling with the radiation treatments. It is a very successful treatment in early cancers and avoids complete mastectomy surgery. ...Read more

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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

Radiation therapy: Divided into -acute and late effects. Acute changes will include fatigue and skin changes that accumulate gradually within the radiated field over the course of treatment. Redness, soreness, sometimes with peeling off skin. Thickening of skin and breast edema also can happen. Late complication risk is low-may include arm swelling, radiation pneumonitis, nerve injury/brachila plexus etc. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the radiation therapy for eye cancer?

What are the side effects of the radiation therapy for eye cancer?

Retinopathy , catara: The retina is sensitive to radiation and it can cause serious damage if radiation over a certain dosage is given. Cataracts are common also. ...Read more

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What are the potential side effects of using radiotherapy on prostrate?

Burning: If radiation is chosen , seeds, or IMRT must be used to assure no extra organ effect. This applies to burning of bladder or rectum with several complications to those organs. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and side effects of cancer treatment?

What are the benefits and side effects of cancer treatment?

Impossible to answer: There a different treatments for cancer that involve surgery, radiation, drugs, biologicals, etc. Each one has its own pros and cons and it is not possible to list them all here. If you or a loved one has to go through cancer therapy, make sure the benefits and side effects of that specific therapy are discussed by the oncologist. The patient should always have the final word. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Talk to your doctor: There are specific side effects for each medication. Different regimens are used, your doctor can talk to you in detail about the planned treatment and the potential side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Radiation intends to kill cancers but always accompanying its collateral injury to all the tissues projected through. As a result, nature or features of all injured tissues may ensue leading to less ability to function and self-repair. Hence, urinary and/or fecal frequency, bleeding from rectum or bladder, etc. may develop. At times, feeling some tiredness may also happen to few. Generally, rare. ...Read more

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What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

Briefly: During & wks after radiation: inflam symptoms of the breast & poss chest wall (soreness, dryness, sometimes peeling under breast or armpit area). Be diligent w/ skin care. Clean & dry @ b4 treatment. Subjective differences in skin care product recs. Long term: thickened skin, slight retraction of breast, scar in lung. Benefits>>risks. Try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise as possib. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tamoxifen?

What are the side effects of tamoxifen?

Tons: The common ones are bone pain; constipation; coughing; hot flashes; muscle pain; nausea; tiredness; vaginal discharge; weight loss. Severe ones are even a more comprehensive list - allergic reactions, vaginal bleeding, chest pain, coughing up blood, dark urine, decreased libido and so .... On. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

Several: Hair loss, nausea, fatigue, risk for infection. However, the incidence of nausea is a lot less now with newer medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the nutrition side effects of pancreatectomy?

What are the nutrition side effects of pancreatectomy?

Need replacement: After total panceratectomy will need replacement of Insulin and some times enzymes , even with partial may need.In some cases. ...Read more

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What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

Need More Info: The side effects of both surgery and radiation therapy are dependent on the specific type of cancer that is being treated. ...Read more

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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat area?

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat area?

Pain, etc.: The tissues of the head and neck can be very sensitive to radiation. Depending on the site(s) treated and the dose received by those tissues, one can develop: pain (mucositis), dryness, thickened secretions, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, radiation dermatitis, hair loss, thyroid gland dysfunction, tissue edema, fibrosis, increased risk of carotid artery disease, taste & smell alterations. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Many: Side effects are many and depend on the chemotherapy drugs used. Most of them are reversible and not permanent. Typical effects include fatigue, low blood counts, diarrhea, mouth sores, infection risks, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, liver damage, skin rash. Rare side effects include strokes, blood clots, lung or heart damage, increasewd blood pressure, wound healing problems. ...Read more

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What are side effects of chemotherapy?

What are side effects of chemotherapy?

Depends on the drugs: There are many types of chemotherapy. They all cause rapidly-dividing cells to die, which might cause hair loss, mouth ulcers, decreased white blood cell counts, upset stomach, nausea, fingernail changes, and tingling. Ask your doctor about your regimen, because side effects are different for each drug. For example, some chemotherapies don't cause hair loss! ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of prostate radiation?

What are the common side effects of prostate radiation?

Gi and Gu irritation: Gastrointestional(gi) irritation: rectal irritation more frequent bowel movement, diarrhea, hemorhoids may act up, blood in the stool. Genitourinary (gu): bladder irritation, irritation of urethra, more frequent urination, burning with urination, blood in urine. Fatigue is also a common side effect. ...Read more

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