Chemotherapy are powerful medicines that can cause side effects as well radiation therapy can cause side effects by damaging normal, healthy cells near the cancer. It is important that the treatment is never stopped without first speaking to a doctor or pharmacist since some side effects can be managed. Patients can have both physical side effects and emotional side effects.
The most common types of physical side effects are: pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, anemia, lymph edema, infection, fertility and sexual side effects in men and women, incontinence, ostomies or stomas, hair loss, confusion or memory problems, and constipation and diarrhea.
The most common types of emotional side effects are: distress, anxiety, fear, depression, confusion or memory problems, and anger.