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What are side effects of chemotherapy for cervical cancer?

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In “chemo,” drugs are used to kill or slow the growth of cervical cancer cells. The side effects can vary depending on the drugs you take, but can include:

Getting both radiation and chemo can make you get more side effects. Many will go away once you stop treatment. Some can last for a long time, or even permanently. Ask your doctor for ways to relieve your side effects.

  • Changes in your periods
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased risk for infection
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth sores
  • Nausea and vomiting

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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