Chemotherapy side effects and their severity is all variable depending on the duration, regimen, dosage of the chemotherapy as well as patient related factors such as pre-existing health condition, body’s response to different medications, and many such reasons.
Note: Not necessarily all patients will experience all side effects as it is based on an individual’s body response and many causes. Also, not necessary all chemotherapy regimens will have side effects because there are many newer classes of chemotherapy medications available which have minimal or least side effects like nausea, vomiting or other typical side effects which occur with conventional or the older medications of chemotherapy.
Conventional chemotherapy may have one or more of the below mentioned side effects.
The common side effects of conventional chemotherapy are:
- Myalgia or muscle pain
- Soreness in mouth and throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood disorders – Decreased red blood cells, white blood cells, decreased number of platelets, etc.
- Anorexia or loss of appetite
- Hair loss
- Nervous system effects – Tingling, burning, numbness or weakness in hands, feet, etc.
- Sexual and reproductive side effects
Different people receiving same regimen may experience different side effects. At AOI, we are always concerned with our patient’s treatment and post-treatment care. Not only we manage the treatment but also manage and take care of almost every side effect of the treatment (if occurs).