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Cancer & Chemotherapy Medications

Cancer and Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is one of the most common ways doctors use drugs to destroy cancer cells. The treatment works by keeping the cancer cells from growing and dividing to make more cancer cells.  Chemotherapy is a powerful and dangerous treatement that can cause damage to many growing cells, including healthy ones.

SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF CHEMOTHERAPY

Some of the most common side effects people experience when undergoing chemotherapy treatments include:

  • Pain – headaches, muscle pain, stomach aches, numbness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth and throat sores
  • Constipation
  • Nervous system effects,
  • Blood disorders – not enough red blood cells, not enough white blood cells, low platelet count
  • Appetite loss
  • Hair loss
  • Sexual and reproductive issues – infertility, chemotherapy can also harm the fetus during the first three months of pregnancy

COMMON TYPES OF CHEMOTHERAPY

The most common type of chemotherapy in the United States is:
Avastin
Taxotere

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