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Chemotherapy

Definition

Chemotherapy is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment and is used to kill cancer cells within the body. It can be administered intravenously or orally. The type and length of chemo treatments vary depending on the type of cancer and what stage it is. Chemotherapy can be used as the only form of treatment or it can be used in combination with other treatments. Chemotherapy side effects can vary too. Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, loss of appetite, changes in taste, aversion to strong smells, chemo brain, neuropathy, and mouth sores. Everyone experiences side effects differently and not everyone will have the same side effects. There can be short term side effects, but also long term side effects. If you are experiencing any side effects it is important to talk to your healthcare team. It can also be helpful to talk to someone that has previously gone through chemotherapy treatment. Call us to get connected to someone that traveled this same path to help guide you through treatment.

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