What are the Side-Effects of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy?
Side-Effects of Chemotherapy
Not all patients who receive chemotherapy will experience side effects, many of which can be treated with other symptom-managing treatments or therapies.
Some of the side-effects that chemotherapy patients report may include tiredness/fatigue, nausea, hair loss, anaemia, increased susceptibility to bruising and bleeding, sore/irritated mouth (mucositis), loss of appetite, skin and nail changes, concentration and memory problems, sleeping issues, reduced libido, diarrhoea and constipation and emotional issues.
Side-Effects of Radiotherapy
Although patients who undergo radiotherapy are likely to experience fewer side effects than those who undergo chemotherapy, some are to be expected. Many of these can be managed through other courses of treatments that the treatment team at the Rutherford Cancer Centres can advise on.
Some of the side-effects that radiotherapy patients report may include sore skin around the treated area, tiredness/fatigue, hair loss around the treated area, nausea, loss of appetite, sore mouth and/or discomfort when swallowing, diarrhoea, stiff joints and muscles around the treated area, reduced sex drive, emotional issues and lymphedema.