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Quimioterapia Clínica de Oncología Astorga Medellín
Frequent questions
What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. This type of cancer treatment works by stopping cancer cells from growing, dividing, and making more cells. Chemotherapy drugs, given intravenously or in pill form, can affect both cancer cells and healthy cells.

What are the common side effects of chemotherapy?

The most common side effects of chemotherapy include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, hair loss, and memory and concentration problems. There may also be an increased risk of infections because chemotherapy weakens the immune system.

How does chemotherapy affect my immune system?

Chemotherapy can weaken the immune system, increasing the risk of infections. It is important to take steps to protect yourself, such as washing your hands regularly and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

When is chemotherapy given?

Chemotherapy may be given at different times during cancer treatment, either before surgery to shrink the tumor, after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells, or as the main treatment in advanced cancers.

How can I manage the side effects of chemotherapy?

There are a number of ways to manage the side effects of chemotherapy, including taking medications to reduce nausea and vomiting, eating a healthy balanced diet, getting moderate exercise, and getting adequate rest. Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and meditation, can also be explored.

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