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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for head and neck cancer?

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These medications stop cancer cells from growing and dividing, which should destroy them. Possible side effects include:

  • Feeling tired
  • Infection
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea

From: Head and Neck Cancer: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

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