Side Effects Of Chemotherapy

Side Effects Of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy or simply ‘chemo’ is one of the more widely employed methods to treat cancer. The procedure involves use of medicines or drugs. It targets and kills cells that are in the process of splitting into two new cells.

Like most other treatments / drugs, chemotherapy has its share of side effects. Different chemotherapy drugs have varying short term and/or long term side effects.

Chemotherapy targets cells that divide. In its bid to target the cancer cells, it even claims normal cells since that’s how the therapy works. This makes parts of the body where normal cells divide frequently,very vulnerable to chemotherapy.

The parts that are exposed to the side effects of chemotherapy include:

Since cells of the hair, digestive system, skin, hair and bone marrow are constantly dividing they are vulnerable to chemotherapy.

While it’s true that most cancer treatment drugs have side effects, not everyone is vulnerable to them. Different patients experience different levels of side effects or they may not even experience them at all. The side effects, if any, depend on a range of factors like how long the patient is on the drug, general health, dosage, method of administration and other drugs that are given in combination.

When it comes to chemotherapy side effects – not all are equal. Some may be short term, while others are long term. Consider some of these points for a better understanding of the side effects:

Often patients have misgivings about chemotherapy mainly due to the side effects. But they would be more prepared and forthcoming for the treatment with a better understanding of how the side effects work and that not all are long-term in nature or even dangerous.

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