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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
  • Fatigue
  • 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:


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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 10, 2015
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