Chemotherapy Side Effects
As of now, chemotherapy is one of the most widely used cancer treatments in the world. Cancer cells are vicious and they grow very fast. Chemotherapy uses surgery and radiation therapy to attack cancer cells not only in one spot but throughout the whole body. The chemo drugs and methods used during treatment change through, depending on the type of cancer that is being treated.
No matter what treatment route is being taken, side effects of chemotherapy are a huge worry for patients starting chemo.
One of the biggest side effects of chemotherapy is the possible damage to normal, healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Since normal cells are fast growing too, and chemo works throughout the whole body, normal cells can be negatively affected by the treatment.
Some of the most common cells affected by chemotherapy are:
- Blood-forming cells in the bone marrow
- Hair Follicles
- Cells in the mouth, digestive tract, reproductive system
- Cells in the heart, kidney bladder, lungs, and nervous system.
Other common side effects include:
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Severely chapped lips (This is where Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm can help!)
- Appetite Changes
- Soreness in mouth, tongue, and throat
- Dry Skin
- Kidney Problems
- Weight changes
- Mood Changes
- Changes in libido and sexual function
- Nerve and Muscle problems
To counteract some of these side effects, doctors can give out medications or other treatments to help prevent some of the unwanted side effects. Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm and Dr. Dan’s Hand Lotion both work to reduce the dryness and inflammation associated with the use of chemotherapeutic medications. They can make the discomfort of going through chemotherapy treatment more tolerable.
It is also important to remember that every person reacts to chemo differently and some side effects may not affect someone nearly as much as they would for someone else. Patients should always be in contact with their cancer team about side effects.
While most side effects should go away after treatment, it is important to know that some side effects could last for a few years months to years after treatment. It is crucial that patients keep contact with their doctor even after just in case.
Important To Contact Your Doctor Immediately If:
- You have a temperature of 100.5 degrees or more
- Bleeding or unexplained bleeding
- A rash as severe allergic reaction can occur
- Intense chills
- Pain or soreness at the injection site
- Unusual pain
- Trouble breathing
- Long lasting diarrhea or vomiting
- Bloody stool or urine
Chemotherapy patients are turning to Dr. Dan for fast pain relief due to the side effects of chemotherapy. Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm and Dr. Dans Hand and Body Lotion can help relieve the symptoms of itching, burning, and cracking that helps reduce the pain and stressed that is associated with chemotherapy.