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What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

What are the common chemotherapy side effects?

DEPENDS: It all depends on the chemotherapy drug. Each has its own side effect profile and it does not mean that the person who receives it will experience the side effects associated with it. We all hear nausea, vomiting, tiredness and hair loss but again best thing is to talk to your treating oncologist and/or nurse. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Do chemotherapy side effects get better?

Do chemotherapy side effects get better?

Mostly: There are many side effects to chemotherapy and most get better with time. The exact side effects vary with different drugs. Some side effects like hair loss and nausea get better but certain side effects such as nerve damage (with specific drugs) or sterility (with specific drugs and dosages) may be permanent. ...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 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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Are there any good chinese medications that could help with the side effects of chemotherapy?

Are there any good chinese medications that could help with the side effects of chemotherapy?

Yes. many good ones: As dr. Strickland answered, ganoderma (resihi) is excellent. So are other medicinal mushrooms including cordyceps. Astragalus has been shown to reduce chemotherapy side effects, as have many others. See http://complementaryoncology.Com/reports/herb-or-compound/chinese-herbs-and-chemotherapy/ http://www.Canceractive.Com/cancer-active-page-link.Aspx?N=536 and http://www.Distance-healer.Com/4.Html. ...Read more

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Can everyone who take chemotherapy experience side effects?

Varies: Not all people who receive chemotherapy have all side effects; it varies depending on chemo and the individual. ...Read more

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Most common side effects of chemotherapy an long term affects?

Oncology: I am sorry but you cannot possibly expect a valid or complete answer to this very broad and ambiguous question. There are thousands of cancers and numerous kinds of treatment for each one. This forum allows us to answer a question in four hundred or less characters. Your question has to be specific and simple enough. I think you may need to seek a different forum to answer your question today. ...Read more

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Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?

Apples & oranges: Some side effects are similar (like fatigue) some others very different. Depends a lot on the type and intensity of the chemo as well as the intensity and target area of the radiation mixed with the general health of the patient. It is not proper to generalize and say chemo is easier than radiation or radiation easier than chemo. I've seen people do well or get very sick with either. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy, and how can these be managed?

Variable: There are many different chemo drugs, each with particular side effects so it is difficult to answer your question without knowing the specific drugs. Fatigue, nausea, hair loss, and low blood cell counts are seen with many but not all chemo drugs. The doc or nurse will usually teach the patient what to expect with the drugs they are getting, how to handle the side effects, and when to call. ...Read more