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What are side effects of chemotherapy?
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Also, so called "targeted therapies" (so called because, if you think about it all drugs have targets they act on in the body) may have less or different toxicities than conventional "cytotoxic" chemotherapies. The range of side effects is highly drug, cancer, and patient dependent with much potential variation between each patient.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Depends
Different kind of chemo will give you different kind of possible adverse events.
Some chemo will cause nausea, vomiting, suppression to bone marrow, hair loss, numbness , tingling etc more than others- while others are not giving such a big problems with above. So, discuss with your oncologist in detail re- possible side effects of chemo that you are going to receive.

In brief: Depends
Different kind of chemo will give you different kind of possible adverse events.
Some chemo will cause nausea, vomiting, suppression to bone marrow, hair loss, numbness , tingling etc more than others- while others are not giving such a big problems with above. So, discuss with your oncologist in detail re- possible side effects of chemo that you are going to receive.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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