Are There Any Side Effects Of Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is often linked to many side effects. While it is true that chemotherapy drugs often cause a wide range of side effects, most of these side effects are temporary and can be minimised or prevented.
Do remember that different drugs cause different side effects, and every individual experiences different side effects to different extents.
To understand more about your chemotherapy, please contact your pharmacists.
What Causes These Side Effects?
As cancer cells grow and reproduce rapidly, chemotherapy acts by killing these rapidly growing cells. However, these drugs also affect normal healthy cells resulting in side effects.
The types of cells most likely to be affected by chemotherapy would be those that reproduce rapidly, such as bone marrow cells (cells that give rise to blood cells) and cells in the digestive tract, hair follicles and the reproductive system.
How Long Do These Side Effects Last?
Most normal cells recover quickly when chemotherapy is over; thus most side effects gradually disappear after treatment ends. The time it takes to recover from these side effects varies from person to person. These side effects can be unpleasant, but they can largely be well controlled with medicines e.g. anti-nausea drugs.