Chemotherapy works by killing rapidly dividing cancer cells. As it wipes out cancer cells, though, chemotherapy can also destroy fast-growing healthy cells. This may cause you to experience side effects.
Lower blood cell production
Your bone marrow's ability to make blood cells might decrease.
The lining of your stomach and intestines could become damaged.
Skin and hair symptoms
Chemotherapy targets rapidly growing cells, including healthy cells in your hair and inside your mouth.
Sexual side effects
Chemotherapy drugs go through your bloodstream and can affect your whole body. That can cause symptoms such as fatigue. Feeling tired or having little energy is a common side effect of many types of chemotherapy.
Work with your health care team
Consider preparing a list of questions about side effects to ask your health care team so that you can get ready for chemotherapy. Here are some questions you can ask:
After you start treatment, it's important to tell your health care team about all the side effects you experience. The earlier they know, the more likely they can prevent side effects from becoming more-serious problems.