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Support or Treatment Support or Side Effects > Chemotherapy Side Effects

Last update: 01/12/2004

Commonly Used Chemo Agents | Resources & Research News

Chemotherapy is a broad term for a wide range of agents that are given systemically (by infusion or pill)  to treat cancer.  Many side effects listed in this section are associated with various chemotherapy agents including but not limited to: 

Anemia | Fatigue | Hair Loss | Low blood countsNausea | Neuropathy | Oral problems

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Many chemotherapy agents damage or kill rapidly growing cells, which includes normal cells: hair, and blood cells that form in the marrow. 

Will I recover?  Your normal cells will usually recover when chemotherapy is over, and with this recovery the side effects will gradually subside. 

How long will it take?  This depends on many things, including your age, health status, and the kind of chemotherapy you have received.  Some side effects will persist for days; other effects can last for years.

Related Topics: 

  • Biologics that can prevent or treat myelosuppression.
  • Brain function and chemotherapy - see "Chemo Brain."
  • Chemo-protection - CAM section of PAL
    Chemotherapy - treatment with a variety of chemical agents is commonly used to effectively 
    treat patients with lymphomas and other cancers.  However, information about how patients 
    might protect themselves from the side effects associated with these agents is not readily available.  
    The goal of this page is to provide links to reliable sources of information on this topic so that patients 
    and their doctors can make better-informed decisions, and so patients can avoid practices that 
    might potentially interfere with treatments.

  • CBC - blood test is often used to monitor the effect of therapy on blood counts.
  • The Chemotherapy section for a list of agents and mechanism - PAL
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  • Allopurinol for tumor lysis (when cells break down quickly from treatment) - Cancerbacup
    "When a cell dies, it is broken down in the body. One of the chemicals produced by this process is a substance called uric acid. Normally the uric acid is then lost from the body, dissolved in the urine."
  • Neuropathy, post chemo - Wellnessweb.com ??
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