Chemotherapy affects normal as well as cancer cells. The possible side effects depend on what kind of drug you take and the dose.
These are common side effects of chemotherapy:
nausea and vomiting
Other common side effects are a decrease in one of these blood counts:
A decrease in the white cell count is called leukopenia. This is an important risk factor for infection. If you run a fever during chemotherapy, tell your doctor or nurse right away.
A decrease in platelets is called thrombocytopenia. It is a risk factor for bleeding. Tell your doctor or nurse about any bleeding or easy bruising during chemotherapy.
A decrease in red blood cells is called anemia. It causes fatigue, weakness, and lack of energy. These symptoms should be reported to your doctor or nurse.
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