Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer and Side Effects
Chemotherapy side effects are well known to be a discomfort to patients and there are a very long list of chemotherapy drugs, with just as many side effects to coincide with its treatment. Chemotherapy side effects
are not always the same and oftentimes will not be experienced by every patient. For some patients, the symptoms are mild. Others experience great discomfort and the chemotherapy side effects greatly alter their quality of life. These often subside once the treatment has ended and there are other medications that can be prescribed to reduce side effects.
Fatigue / Lethargy
Chemotherapy makes a patient feel tired. This increases as the treatment progresses and can stick around several months following chemotherapy. This feeling of fatigue means a feeling of weakness whereby there is no energy to be active. Simple tasks become exceedingly difficult to muster.
Difficulty Eating and Drinking
Chemotherapy drugs are known for creating ill feelings within patients, where nausea and vomiting is as common side effect. This can be controlled by anti nausea medicines. The development of mouth ulcers is a common occurrence as a number of chemotherapy medications will make the lining of a patient’s mouth inflamed and sore. There are also some chemotherapy drugs that can cause a temporary loss of the taste sensation.
Digestive / Bowel
There are chemotherapy medicines that irritate the lining of the bowel. The common side effect that coincides with this is diarrhoea. Usually this subsides after the first few days of chemotherapy treatment. There is medication to help prevent this side effect.
Some chemotherapy drugs that help control feelings of nausea can cause a patient issues with constipation. Again, this side effect can be prescribed yet another medicine.