Patients Quit Esophageal Cancer Chemotherapy Early Due to Bad, Painful Side Effects

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Patients Quit Esophageal Cancer Chemotherapy Early Due to Bad Painful Side Effects

Possible side effects of chemotherapy

Chemo drugs attack cells that are dividing quickly, which is why they work against cancer cells. But other cells, such as those in the bone marrow (where new blood cells are made), the lining of the mouth and intestines, and the hair follicles, also divide quickly. These cells are also likely to be affected by chemo, which can lead to side effects. Side effects depend on the specific drugs used, their dose, and the length of treatment. Common side effects of chemo include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Low blood counts
  • Increased chance of infection (from having too few white blood cells)
  • Easy bleeding or bruising (from having too few blood platelets)
  • Fatigue (from having too few red blood cells)