Common Side Effects After Chemotherapy for Oral Cancer

by Jason 4/26/2012 10:28 AM

Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the type and amount of drugs you’re taking. In some cases, based on the chemotherapy drugs you take and on the medicines your doctor prescribes to ease side effects, you may have very limited side effects, or none at all. 1

Here is a list of side effects that are possible.1, 2

1. Increased risk of getting infections

2. Bruising

3. Loss of appetite

4. Nausea

5. Vomiting

6. Diarrhea

7. Sores in the mouth

8. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, and talking

9. Less energy during and for a while after treatment, called fatigue

10. Hair loss

Except for hair loss, many of these side effects can be controlled. 2 Tell your doctor or nurse about any changes or side effects that you notice. They can suggest things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Most of these problems will go away or get better between treatments. You’ll stop having most side effects within a few weeks after your treatment ends. 2

1 “Chemo Side Effects” American Cancer Society, November 2, 2009 www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Chemotherapy/
UnderstandingChemotherapyAGuideforPatientsandFamilies/understanding-chemotherapy-chemo-side-effects
Accessed 2010.

2 “Chemotherapy.” National Cancer Institute. U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/oral/page8#c Accessed 2010.

Comments (2) -

Marielaina Perrone DDS
Marielaina Perrone DDS United States
4/14/2013 3:32:24 PM #

Very important to follow a team approach to cancer treatment. Makes it easier for the patient by far.

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