There have been major advances in chemotherapy over the past 20 years. We are now much better at controlling and preventing side effects. For example, we now have drugs that very effectively prevent nausea and vomiting. I tell my patients that the most likely side effects they will experience include: temporary hair loss, tiredness and cessation of menstruation. Most patients receiving chemotherapy will be able to maintain a fairly normal schedule and quality of life.
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Dennis Citrin, MD, Oncology, answered
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
Many women are able to continue working or carry on with their usual daily routines while they are undergoing chemotherapy, just as long as they match their schedule to how they feel. While some women find they are able to lead a fairly normal life during their treatment, others become very tired and have to take things much more slowly.
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