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How does cancer chemotherapy work, and why does it have to be so strong in a bad way?

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In brief: Inhibits cell growth

Basically all chemo inhibits cell division and growth.
Cancer cells lose normal control of these functions, so since they grow faster than normal cells, interfering with this hopefully kills the cancer. The problem is normal cells still divide normally, and are also affected-resulting in side effects of hair loss, diahrrea, and bone marrow suppression.

In brief: Inhibits cell growth

Basically all chemo inhibits cell division and growth.
Cancer cells lose normal control of these functions, so since they grow faster than normal cells, interfering with this hopefully kills the cancer. The problem is normal cells still divide normally, and are also affected-resulting in side effects of hair loss, diahrrea, and bone marrow suppression.
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