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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. Cancer chemotherapy; Cancer drug therapy; Cytotoxic chemotherapy ... Chemotherapy drugs can be given by mouth or injection. Because the medicines travel through the bloodstream to ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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? There are many types of chemotherapy (chemo). Oral ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Chemotherapy for Gallbladder Cancer (American Cancer Society)  
    ... cancer Next Topic Palliative therapy for gallbladder cancer Chemotherapy for gallbladder cancer Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with anti-cancer drugs that ...
  9. Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ®) Patient Version Health Professional Version En español Last Modified: 04/24/2014 Oral Complications ...
  10. Breast Cancer Chemotherapy and Your Heart (American Heart Association)  
    Breast Cancer Chemotherapy and Your Heart Christine Unitt , BS ; Kamaneh Montazeri , MD ; Sara Tolaney , MD ; Javid Moslehi , MD From the Cardio- ... cancer treatments. Breast cancer treatments include the following: Chemotherapy involves drugs that are intended to kill the ...
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