Side Effect of Chemotherapy
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide responsible for about 8.8 million death in 2016. Treatment option for cancer include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. there are many side effects of chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy: chemotherapy destroy cancer cells by targeting rapidly dividing cells.
But in this process normal cells are also be likely to be damaged, which include blood forming cells in the bone marrow, hair follicles, and cells in the mouth, digestive tract and reproductive system.
Certain chemo drugs can also damage cell in the heart, kidney, bladder, lungs and nervous system.
Let See Some of The Common Side Effects of The Chemotherapy
During chemotherapy treatment most patients might experience fatigue and general weakness.
The persistent exhaustion and weakness can make it hard everyday activities
In some patients chemotherapy can lead to anemia, and low blood cell count, which can worsen the fatigue.
2. Nousea And Vomiting:
Another common side effect of the chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting. This mainly occurs as a result of the damage to healthy cells in the stomach and intestinal lining by this process.
Antinausea medication are given along with chemotherapy drugs to help alleviate this symptom.
3. Hair Loss:
Chemo therapy can also lead to hair loss. This will be seen in early time of treatment. You will to notice hair loss generally about one to three week after the initial treatment.
Losing hair, especially for women can be a depressing situation.
Not just the hairs of the head, this treatment can affect eyelashes, eyebrows, armpit hair, and pubic hair.
Chemotherapy also effect on our digestive system, During this treatment the lining of your stomach and intestines become damaged, which cause diarrhea.
Patient may experience loose watery stools several times a day.
It can also be accompanied by nausea, bloating and cramps.
In addition diarrhea may be a consequence of biochemical changes due to chemotherapy.
5. Mouth Sores:
Chemotherapy can cause sore inside the mouth, and on the mucous lining of the throat and digestive tract.
These sores are known as mucousitis, which can cause pain and infection and also makes it difficult to eat, drink swallow.
These are some of the common side effects of chemotherapy
Always tell your and oncology nurse about any side effects that you may be experiencing due to chemotherapy.