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Normally, your cells grow and die in a controlled way. Cancer cells keep forming without control. Chemotherapy is drug therapy that can kill these cells or stop them from multiplying. However, it can also harm healthy cells, which causes side effects.

During chemotherapy you may have no side effects or just a few. The kinds of side effects you have depend on the type and dose of chemotherapy you get. Side effects vary, but common ones are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, pain and hair loss. Healthy cells usually recover after chemotherapy, so most side effects gradually go away.

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  1. Cancer Chemotherapy (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... controlled way. Cancer cells keep forming without control. Chemotherapy is drug therapy that can kill these cells or stop them ... harm healthy cells, which causes side effects. During chemotherapy you may have no side effects or just ...
  2. Chemotherapy Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Chemotherapy Introduction This document is for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for ... infections, drugs, tobacco, or other factors. How Does Chemotherapy Work? Chemotherapy uses medications which target and destroy ...
  3. Chemotherapy and Your Mouth From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)  
    ... Home > OralHealth > Topics > Cancer Treatment and Oral Health Chemotherapy and Your Mouth Are You Being Treated With ... Problems Too? Remember Are You Being Treated With Chemotherapy for Cancer? If so, this booklet can help ...
  4. Chemotherapy (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... have many questions and concerns about it. About Chemotherapy Chemotherapy (often just called "chemo") refers to medications ... chemotherapy regimen that's best for your child. How Chemotherapy Is Given Just as other medicines can be ...
  5. Chemotherapy for Ewing Tumors (American Cancer Society)  
    ... tumors treated? Next Topic Surgery for Ewing tumors Chemotherapy for Ewing tumors Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use ... problems such as infections. Possible side effects of chemotherapy Chemo drugs attack cells that are dividing quickly, ...
  6. Chemotherapy for Osteosarcoma (American Cancer Society)  
    ... for osteosarcoma Next Topic Radiation therapy for osteosarcoma Chemotherapy for osteosarcoma Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use of ... of problems such as infections. Side effects of chemotherapy Chemo drugs attack cells that are dividing quickly, ...
  7. Chemotherapy for Bone Cancer (American Cancer Society)  
    ... cancer Next Topic Targeted therapy for bone cancer Chemotherapy for bone cancer Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use ... etoposide or ifosfamide and doxorubicin Side effects of chemotherapy Chemo kills cancer cells, but it will also ...
  8. Chemotherapy for Kidney Cancer (American Cancer Society)  
    ... cancer Next Topic Pain control for kidney cancer Chemotherapy for kidney cancer Chemotherapy (chemo) uses anti-cancer ... last a few weeks. Possible side effects of chemotherapy Chemo drugs attack cells that are dividing quickly, ...
  9. Oral Chemotherapy: What You Need to Know (American Cancer Society)  
    Oral Chemotherapy: What You Need to Know Oral chemo is any drug you take by mouth to treat cancer. ... be ready for oral chemo. What is oral chemotherapy? Today there are many types of chemotherapy (chemo). ...
  10. What's New in Chemotherapy Research? (American Cancer Society)  
    ... Next Topic To learn more What’s new in chemotherapy research? Over the years, many people have been ... cells longer, which might make it more effective. Chemotherapy in clinical trials Chemotherapy drugs are still being ...
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