Chemotherapy

1051476_74068952Chemotherapy is administered to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a type of treatment that attacks cells that divide frequently, namely malignant cancer cells. Unfortunately, other types of active cells are targeted as well, including those of the bone marrow, hair follicles, gastrointestinal mucosa and gonads. This is what causes the main side effects of chemotherapy, which include:

  • Fatigue
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Low white cell count
  • Low platelet count
  • Anemia
  • Gastrointestinal reactions
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin changes
  • Reproductive dysfunction

Experiencing these symptoms is unpleasant but normal for a cancer patient. Your nurse will try and help you manage these effects as much as possible. They will teach you warning signs of more serious conditions and explain when it is time to report any changes to your doctor.

Our nurses who administer this medication are specifically trained in chemotherapy administration and follow all protocols set by your oncologist.

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