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The side effects of chemotherapy are different for everyone. They depend on these things:
The type of drug you're taking
How often you take it
How long your treatment lasts
Your medical oncologist and chemotherapy nurse will talk with you about possible side effects with your treatment. You should talk with your health care team about which ones are most likely to happen for you. Here are some typical side effects for the most commonly used chemotherapy drugs for prostate cancer, listed in alphabetical order:
Allergic reactions while getting chemotherapy
Breast growth or sore breasts
Bruising or bleeding
Heart side effects (rarely)
Lowering of your white cells, red cells, or platelets
Nausea and vomiting
Thick and discolored nails
Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
Upset stomach and loss of appetite
These side effects will usually go away during rest periods between treatments and after your treatment ends. Ask your doctor for ways to ease these side effects. For instance, there are drugs that ease nausea and vomiting.
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