Dr. Vasundhara IyengarHematology & Oncology

Common side effects of chemotherapy

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Not all chemotherapy drugs have the same side effects. But in general there are some common side effects that most chemotherapy drugs share. 
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy. Nausea is the sensation of feeling sick to your stomach. Vomiting is the act of throwing up. 
Low blood counts are another common side effect of chemotherapy. Complications from this can include infection, fever, fatigue, and bleeding. 
Diarrhea is another common side effect of chemo therapy. Diarrhea is defined as having loose stools multiple times throughout the day. ´┐╝
Patients on chemotherapy can develop mouth sores. This can cause pain in the mouth and difficulty swallowing. 
Numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes can occur with certain chemotherapy drugs´┐╝. 
Skin rash can develop while on chemotherapy. This can include any redness or raised itchy areas anywhere on the body. 
While all of these side effects are common, you should always talk with your doctor about these because she may be able to prescribe something to help you.