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Treatments & Services

Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells. Because there is no guarantee that chemotherapy will target a cancer cell over a healthy one, side effects are a possibility. Common side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth sores
  • Low blood counts
  • Hair loss
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

While some side effects are temporary, others can be life-threatening. Talk with your cancer care team about any side effects you experience so they can help you manage them successfully throughout your treatment cycles.