What are the risks and side effects of chemotherapy?
The side effects will depend on the drugs that you receive and will usually stop a few weeks after the course of treatment is completed.
Side effects can include feeling sick, but you will be given drugs that are very effective at dealing with this problem.
Chemotherapy can sometimes cause damage to the cells in the bone marrow and this can temporarily cause fatigue and make you more prone to infections and bruising or bleeding.
Other side effects include:
- Hair loss
- Loss of taste
- Neuropathy which may manifest itself as a feeling of ‘pins and needles’.
Your doctor will explain the side effects for your particular chemotherapy regime.