Today cancer has become one among the leading causes of death worldwide. It is responsible for about 8.8 million deaths in 2015, And have grown significantly by then. Treatment options for cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. But most of us are unaware of the side effects of chemotherapy cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells by targeting rapidly dividing cells. But during the process, it not only targets cancer-infected cells, but normal cells are also most likely to be damaged, which include blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, hair follicles, and cells in the mouth, digestive tract, and reproductive system. Certain chemo drugs can also damage cells in the heart, kidneys, bladder, lungs, and nervous system.
Damage to healthy cells made by chemotherapy drugs causes side effects. Side effects may not seem as bad as you might expect. Let’s see some of them.
Side effects of chemotherapy cancer treatment
During chemotherapy treatment, patients might experience fatigue and general weakness. Patients may feel like they don’t have any energy and are tired all the time. This persistent exhaustion and weakness can make it hard to do everyday activities.
In some patients, chemotherapy can lead to anemia, and low red blood cell counts, which can worsen the fatigue.
Fatigue is the most common side effect of chemotherapy cancer treatment. Doctors estimate that 9 out of 10 people experience fatigue during chemo treatment. Fatigue from treatment can appear suddenly and can be overwhelming.
Surprisingly, Taking rest doesn’t ease the fatigue, it can last for months even after treatment ends.