What Are the Side Effects of Chemotherapy for Bladder Cancer?

Q:

My father has stage III bladder cancer. He is going to take chemotherapy next week. What are the side effects of it?

A:

Chemotherapy can be given in two different ways – intravesical chemotherapy and systemic chemotherapy. In most cases, patients will suffer from side effects of both the two types.

Common side effects of chemotherapy for bladder cancer include:

Nausea and vomiting

Loss of appetite

Hair loss

Diarrhea or constipation

Mouth sores

Increased risk of infections (due to a shortage of white blood cells)

Fatigue (due to a shortage of red blood cells)

Bleeding or bruising after minor cuts or injuries (because of a shortage of blood platelets)

How the patient responds to the treatment relates closely to the dose of drugs. Side effects are often worse when chemotherapy is accompanied with radiation therapy. When the treatment is finished, the patient can relieve from all the side effects.

 

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