The most important effect of chemotherapy is that it kills cancer cells. Because normal cells are also damaged, there may be some side effects. The main areas of your body that may be particularly affected are those where normal cells rapidly divide and grow, such as your mouth, digestive system, bone marrow, reproductive system, skin and hair. Not everyone being treated with chemotherapy will have side effects. Cancer treatments produce different reactions in different people, and any reaction can vary from time to time. It may be helpful to remember that:
If you want to know more about the specific side effects which may be caused by your own chemotherapy treatment, you should ask your doctor, pharmacist or the nurses involved in your care. They know which drugs you are taking and will be able to give you accurate information.
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