Most Debilitating Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

By on July 22, 2013

The most common side effects of Cancer treatment are hair loss, like pain, fatigue and nausea.

The national cancer institute estimated that more than 1.5 million people were diagnosed with some type of cancer each year.

Treatment option for those could be probably radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

However these treatment options may produce some side effects.

Reason for Side effects:

As cancer cells can grow and divide very quickly compared to normal cells, anticancer drugs will kill those growing cells.

Side Effects of Cancer TreatmentBut in our body healthy cells also quickly multiply and cancer treatment can affect these cells also.

Damage to normal cells can lead to side effects. Fast growing, normal cells that are usually to be affected are the blood cells, which form in bone marrow and also cells that form in the digestive tract, hair follicles and reproductive system.

Some type of anticancer medications may affect the vital organ cells like kidney, lungs, heart, bladder and also nervous system.

These side effects of cancer treatment may take over the patient’s daily life. These side effects can make the patients uncomfortable and also affect their ability to stick to the treatment methods or even make the treatment less effective than they could be.

How long these side effects last

Usually normal cell can be recovered when chemotherapy treatment is completed, so most of the side effects can be decreased gradually, and healthy cells will grow normally. Time to get recovery from side effects may depend on few things, such as your treatment type and your health condition.

Side Effects list for different treatments:

Chemotherapy: Early menopause, infertility, cataracts, liver problems, heart problems, hair loss, reduced bodily capacity, lung disease, osteoporosis etc.

Surgery: Usually surgical treatment causes Lymphedema.

Radiation Therapy: Hypothyroidism, Cataracts, cavities and tooth decay, lung disease, memory problems, intestinal problems etc.


Keep in mind that not all who are getting cancer treatment gets all late or long-term side effects; some might not experience any kind of side effects of cancer treatment.

Cancer treatment drugs are varied and they cause varied late side effects. If you didn’t take these chemotherapy medications, it can cause infertility. Surgery and radiation only affect the body area where they are using.

Supportive or palliative care, which focuses on relieving the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment are very useful. This care can be given at any time during the person’s illness in order to help their condition and to provide comfortable environment to them.

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