2. Nausea and Vomiting
Another common side effect of chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting. As said before, chemotherapy damages healthy cells as well, Nausea and vomiting mainly occur as a result of the damage to healthy cells in the stomach and intestinal lining.
We recommend that you consult with your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Vomiting more than 4 or 5 times in a day.
- Stomach seems swelling or painful before you vomit.
- Vomiting continues even after taking anti-nausea medicine
If you vomit after starting the chemo treatment, talk to your doctor. You may be able to switch medications accordingly. Antinausea medications are given along with chemotherapy drugs to help alleviate the symptom.
3. Hair Loss
Chemo treatments can also lead to hair loss. You will start to notice hair loss generally about one to three weeks after the initial treatment. Losing hair, especially for women can be a depressing situation. Not just the hairs on the head, chemotherapy can affect eyelashes, eyebrows, armpit hair and pubic hair.
Your hair may notice the hair growing back while having the treatment or it may take about 3 to 6 months after treatment to see the hair growing back.