Breast Cancer Treatment With Chemotherapy
Side Effects of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells. But it also kills healthy cells, causing side effects. Medicine can help you feel better. It’s important to tell your doctor if you have any side effects, like:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth soreness
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Premature menopause. If you are planning to have children, tell your doctor before starting chemotherapy.
- Lowered resistance to infections
- Increased bleeding. If the platelet count is very low, little red spots may appear on your body. You may bruise or bleed easily.
Working During Chemo Treatment
Most people are able to keep working while being treated with chemo. Ask your doctor to schedule treatments later in the day or right before the weekend, so they don't interfere with a work schedule. You may have to adjust your work hours, especially if you’re having side effects.
Recognizing a Cancer Emergency
Your doctor and the chemotherapy nurse will let you know what situations would be considered an emergency. But if you have any of the following warning signs, tell your doctor immediately:
- A temperature greater than 100.4 F.
- Any fever and chills. If you can't reach your doctor, go to the emergency room.
- New mouth sores or patches, a swollen tongue, or bleeding gums
- A dry, burning, scratchy, or swollen throat
- A cough that makes mucus
- Needing to pee more, burning when you pee, or blood in your urine
- Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea that lasts longer than 2 or 3 days
- Blood in your stools